Biodiversity Data Quality

The goal of this interest group is to discuss, determine, formalize and standardize concepts, problems, policies, metadata, methodologies and mechanisms related to biodiversity data quality, collaboratively and incrementally, and to promote associated best practices throughout the biodiversity informatics community.

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Data quality is a major concern in biodiversity informatics. The distributed nature of data acquisition and digitization, the specific difficulties imposed by some of the data sub-domains, such as taxonomic data and geographic data, among other aspects, make it important to discuss data quality in biodiversity so that data made available in portals and other systems can be used for various purposes such as education, science, and decision making. Although several initiatives in the biodiversity informatics community have been striving to develop tools and best practices about data quality, we lack a common background and consensus related to concepts, metadata, policies, and methodologies that would increase the synergy in achieving solutions for improving the fitness-for-use of biodiversity data. In this interest group we want to develop this common background and help standardize the way to deal with data quality in the biodiversity informatics community, avoiding duplication of efforts and sharing knowledge and solutions.

Task groups


Antonio Mauro Saraiva
Full Professor, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Escola Politecnica
Computing and Digital Systems Engineering Department
Coordinator - Research Center on Biodiversity and Computing - BioComp. USP
Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto, travessa 3, nº 158, sala C2-56
São Paulo, Brazil

Arthur D. Chapman
Australian Biodiversity Information Services
PO Box 35, Ballan, Victoria, Australia 3342

Core members

Name  Affiliation
Aaike De Wever Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, BioFresh, Belgium
Alex Thompson iDigBio Project
Allan Koch Veiga BioComp, University of São Paulo (USP)
Arturo H. Ariño GBIF-Spain, Universidad de Navarra (UNAV)
Christian Gendreau Canadensys
Dag Endresen GBIF-Norway, Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo, Norway
Daniel Lins da Silva BioComp, University of São Paulo (USP)
David Bloom VertNet
David Fichtmueller Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM), Germany
Debbie Paul iDigBio
Dimitri Brosens Belgian Biodiversity Platform
Dmitry Schigel GBIF
Éamonn Ó Tuama GBIF
Etienne Américo Cartolano Júnior BioComp, University of São Paulo (USP)
Hanna Koivula Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki
James Macklin AAFC National Vascular Plant Collection (DAO)
Javier Otegui University of Colorado, USA
John Wieczorek Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California Berkeley
Jorge Rady de Almeida Júnior University of São Paulo (USP)
Laura Russell VertNet
Luiz Manoel Rocha Gadelha Junior National Laboratory for Scientific Computing, Brazil
Lutz Suhrbier Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM), Germany
Márcia Beatriz Pereira Domingues BioComp, University of São Paulo (USP)
Matthew Collins ECE University of Florida, iDigBio Project
Nicolas Noé Belgian Biodiversity Platform
Rui Figueira GBIF Portugal, Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical
Vijay Barve FRLHT, India

Becoming involved

Anyone interested in biodiversity data quality is encouraged to become involved with the Interest Group or any of its Task Groups. Membership of the group is open. If you work with biodiversity data at any level, whether digitization, publication, integration or analysis, and you would like to be able to measure and manage Data Quality to allow others to assess the fitness-for-use of your data, the Biodiversity Data Quality Interest Group may benefit from your involvement.

Please contact the convenor or any core member about how to become involved.

The TDWG process requires that any new Task Group be launched through an Interest Group. The Biodiversity Data Quality Interest Group can facilitate establishment of new Task Groups that relate to this topic. Please contact the convenor to discuss potential projects or join existing Task Groups.