A significant amount of biodiversity data is recorded every year by private companies. Collected as part of Environmental Impact Assessment studies and national monitoring programmes, this data most often remains locked in reports, unavailable to the wider society.
Building on the past experience of GBIF nodes in Norway and Portugal—countries where several private companies already publish FAIR and open data on biodiversity—this project will develop mentoring, workshop, and documentation activities to engage and promote biodiversity data publication and use by the private sector. Nodes from Colombia, France and Spain will use these lessons to develop their strategies to engage private companies in their countries, producing outputs and deliverables that others can reuse.
The participation of partners from the private sector and academia is essential to the success of the project. EDP - Energias de Portugal and Asplan Viak AS of Norway are both private companies actively publishing data to GBIF. EDP has received assistance from CiBIO/InBIO, an academic research laboratory providing scientific and data management services. Both companies will participate in national workshops to share their motivations and experience with data publishing.
Project team members will also follow up on initial contacts between GBIF France and TOTAL regarding data from Uganda and Angola.
To date, potential companies have been identified and reached to participate in the national workshops planned for 2020. Partners have created an inventory with national companies grouped by sector of activity (forestry, tourism, algriculture, etc.) including contact details.
A draft of an internal guidance document to support company processes to become a GBIF publisher has been completed in English. The guidance document is based on a document used by EDP for their internal process of becoming a publisher. The project have been working on a template of Service Level Agreement with the aim to formalize hosting and publication services using the node's IPT installation. Futhermore, the project has been working on an agenda for a workshop to take place in Norway that will be the reference for the upcoming workshops in Portugal, Spain, Colombia and France.
With the aim of getting faster results, a committee for developing promotinal materials for engaging private companies has been set up.