Call for systematic review of literature using GBIF-mediated data relating to human health

Four-month assignment to carry out a review of research using GBIF-mediated data relating to human health: DEADLINE 30 April 2021

Photo: Anopheles albimanus mosquito. Credit: James Gathany, CDC Public Health Image Library.

Photo: Anopheles albimanus mosquito. Credit: James Gathany, CDC Public Health Image Library.

The discovery, access and appropriate use of primary biodiversity data are critical for research on human health, zoonotic and vector-borne diseases. As part of a broader global strategy on improving the completeness, relevance and fitness for use of biodiversity data, GBIF has convened a task group on mobilization and use of biodiversity data for research and policy on human diseases. To support the work of this task group, the GBIF Secretariat seeks applications to carry out a systematic review of scientific literature using GBIF mediated data relating to human health. The project will involve:

  1. Developing, refining and, in consultation with the GBIF Secretariat and the GBIF task group on mobilization and use of biodiversity data for research and policy on human diseases, agreeing on the optimal methodology and research questions for the systematic review
  2. Carrying out on this basis a review of 200+ health-related research papers citing use of GBIF-mediated data, published since GBIF introduced DOIs for data citation
  3. Preparing a report as a first author in the form of a submission-ready manuscript of the review paper

Applications should be sent to info@gbif.org and include a summary of the proposed approach including a potential outline for the report, a full CV with publications, and other examples demonstrating activities relevant to the review within the past five years.

Application deadline: 30 April 2021
Expected start of contract: 1 – 31 May 2021
Duration of the contract: 4 months

Please refer to full call for details regarding the background of the review, remuneration, duration, and specifics of the application.