Symposia & Discussion Sessions

Organized sessions include symposia and panel discussions

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Scott Edwards, photo by James Deshler

Keynote by Scott Edwards

15:00 UTC - Monday, 19 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

Dr. Scott Edwards is the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and the Curator of Ornithology at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Edwards SV (2020) Bicycling, Birding and #BLM across America in a Summer of Chaos. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59303. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59303

Ken-ichi Ueda

Keynote by Ken-ichi Ueda

20:00 UTC - Thursday, 22 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

iNaturalist (iNat) Co-Director, Ken-ichi Ueda, is a naturalist, web developer, and co-founder of iNat. Both Ken-ichi and iNat are based at the California Academy of Sciences.

Ueda K-i (2020) An Overview of Computer Vision in iNaturalist. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59133. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59133

SYM01 Standards alignment: which and how?

Session Type: Symposium (unsolicited presentations considered)

Organizers: Anton Güntsch, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, DE; Stan Blum, Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG), San Francisco, US; David Fichtmüller Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, DE

Over the past decades, numerous standards have been developed that are used for the exchange of biodiversity data at various levels. Due to different technical and content-related requirements, these standards were often developed independently, although their scope overlaps considerably in some cases. A prominent example are the TDWG standards ABCD and DarwinCore, which have been developed in parallel and are widely used in the community. The symposium will present examples of standards that could potentially be merged or aligned with other standards in the future. We will also discuss effective methods for standards alignment and merging.

14:00 UTC - Thursday, 22 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

14:00 UTCSoares, FM, Saraiva, AM, Drucker DP (2020) Linking Agrobiodiversity Data through Metadata Standards. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e58928. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.58928
14:20 UTCFichtmüller D, Güntsch A, Blum S (2020) The ABCD/DwC Alignment Working Group: Presenting the results from the TDWG 2020 Workshop. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59048. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59048
14:40Discussion
15:30Session End

SYM02 Use and re-use of images and their metadata in biodiversity research

Session Type: Symposium (unsolicited presentations considered)

Organizers: Patricia Martin-Cabrera, Flanders Marine Institute, Oostend, BE; Maarten Trekels, Meise Botanic Garden, Meise, BE

Many fields in biodiversity research are generating a vast amount of images. Examples are the mass digitization of natural history collections or automatic sensor-collected images. The amount of images is growing exponentially, and new methodologies such as machine learning are generating derived taxonomic data and metadata. Handling these images imposes new challenges: ranging from visualizing them to storage and sharing of data and metadata. In this symposium we want to give an overview of the use of metadata standards in biological imagery and the various issues that might arise from it, and how to integrate image information. Do existing standards cover well the user needs associated with image handling? What standards exist? Can we learn from other community driven standards (e.g. IIIF)?

14:00 UTC - Tuesday, 20 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

14:00 UTC Introduction
Bonnet P, Champ J, Goëau H, Stöter F-R, Deneu B, Servajean M, Affouard A, Lombardo J-C, Levchenko O, Gresse H, Joly A (2020) Pl@ntNet Services, a Contribution to the Monitoring and Sharing of Information on the World Flora. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e58933. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.58933
Hyam R (2020) International Image Interoperability Framework: A unified approach to sharing images of natural history specimens? Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59056. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59056
Gries C, Beaulieu S, Brown RF, Gastil-Buhl G, Elmendorf S, Hsieh H-Y, Kui L, Maurer G, Porter JH (2020) Change in Pictures: Creating best practices in archiving ecological imagery for reuse. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59082. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59082
Exter K, Decruw C, Portier M, Gerovasileiou V, Pavloudi C, Obst M (2020) Genomics Observatory Use-Case: The challenge to standardise image and sequence data to Darwin Core format. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e58938. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.58938
Martin-Cabrera P, Lombard F, Irisson J-O, Stemmann L, Möller KO, Lindh M, Creach V, Schepers L (2020) Coordinating Efforts to Define Marine Plankton Imagery Data and Metadata Best Practices and Standards. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e58932. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.58932
16:00 UTC Session End

SYM03 Enhancing connections with the global neighbourhood through expanding partnerships

Session Type: Symposium (unsolicited presentations considered)

Organizers: Constance Rinaldo, Harvard University, Cambridge, US; Colleen Funkhouser, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Washington, US

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is more than a digital library, it is a key resource for data related to biodiversity. Data such as museum specimens, taxonomic names, environmental and geolocation variables is embedded in the published and unpublished literature found in BHL.Over the past year, BHL has developed a five year strategic plan designed to bring more focus on data, technology and partnerships. BHL is already well-established within the global bibliographical knowledge base. The plan for the symposium is to highlight some new directions and identify synergies and connections with current, new and potential partners in the biodiversity knowledge infrastructure.

20:00 UTC - Tuesday, 20 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

20:00 UTC Introduction
20:04 UTC Herrmann E (2020) Building the Biodiversity Heritage Library's Technical Strategy. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59084. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59084
20:26 UTC Kearney N (2020) Discovering the Platypus: From its scientific description to its DOI. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59089. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59089
20:48 UTC Richard J (2020) Improving Taxonomic Name Finding in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e58482. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.58482
21:10 UTC Kalfatovic M, Rinaldo C, Smith J, Iggulden D, Funkhouser C (2020) The Biodiversity Heritage Library Response to the Global COVID-19 Pandemic. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e58481. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.58481
21:30 UTC Session End

SYM04 Challenges of the alignment of collection management systems across the globe and different domains

Session Type: Symposium (unsolicited presentations considered)

Organizers: Heimo Rainer, NHM Vienna, Vienna, AT; Falko Glöckler, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Berlin, DE

In the domain of natural history a manifold of collection management systems exist. Each system has been developed for serving the different requirements of the community. Consequently, there are systems specialized for botany, zoology, geology etc. and implemented with different frameworks, programming languages and database systems. However, all share the common goal of managing collection holdings. Thus, there is a huge overlap in the basic features of these systems. As there is no system that is capable to cover all needs as a monolithic solution, it seems that lots of redundant work is being done while maintaining and further developing these systems.

In our symposium we would like to invite different vendors and users of collection management systems in order to align the respective systems towards necessary compliance and increased compatibility regarding the following challenges: (1) fitness for use / data quality; (2) accomplishing data exchange via existing and new data standards (eg. ABCD, DarwinCore, CD, MIDS and MICS) in the light of desired mass digitization efforts; (3) supporting state of the art research data management by meeting the criteria of e.g. the FAIR principles and CoreTrustSeal; (4) data provision to global linked data infrastructures like GBIF, DiSSCo, BHL, iDigBio etc.; and (5) rapidly changing technology.

The aim of the symposium is to identify and discuss common grounds for addressing these topics.

17:00 UTC - Wednesday, 21 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

17:00 UTC Introduction
17:05 UTC Smith VS, Dupont S, Woodburn M (2020) Towards Community Collections Management. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59341. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59341
17:23 UTC Heikkinen M, Kuusijärvi A, Riihikoski V-M, Schulman L (2020) Multi-domain Collection Management Simplified — the Finnish National Collection Management System Kotka. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59119. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59119
17:41 UTC Gilbert E, Franz N, Sterner B (2020) Historical Overview of the Development of the Symbiota Specimen Management Software and Review of the Interoperability Challenges and Opportunities Informing Future Development. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59077. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59077
17:59 UTC Beach J (2020) Sustainable Interoperability among Biological Collections and their Computing Platforms. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59425. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59425
18:17 UTC Glöckler F, Macklin J, Shorthouse DP, Bölling C, Bilkhu S, Gendreau C (2020) DINA—Development of open source and open services for natural history collections & research. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59070. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59070
18:35 UTC Yoder M (2020) Meeting In-Between: Moving beyond the buzz, bottlenecks, and bubble to collaboratively develop digitization tooling. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59265. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59265
18:53 UTC Closing Words
19:00 UTC Session End

SYM05 Using Collections to Mitigate and Prevent Zoonotic Disease: Data Mobilization and Integration

Session Type: Symposium (unsolicited presentations considered)

Organizers: Pamela Soltis, University of Florida/iDigBio, Gainesville, US; Deborah Paul, iDigBio/Florida State University, Tallahassee, US

The COVID-19 pandemic, zoonoses, and pathogens in general provide key opportunities to highlight the predictive value of collections and the information specimens and related materials (e.g. genetic / genomic data, associated species data, trait data) can contribute to ecological understanding, tracking the origin and transmission of disease, policy development, and global infrastructure needs. In addition, the current pandemic highlights (and has encouraged) much-needed cross-disciplinary collaboration and the impetus to advance changes needed in standards of practice. For these reasons, representatives from SPNHC, iDigBio, NSCA, and the US mammalogy, virology, and disease ecology communities formed the ViralMuse task force. Leadership from SPNHC, GBIF, iDigBio, Pensoft, and Plazi, along with relevant domain scientists, joined the COVID-19 Task Force convened by CETAF and DiSSCo to identify both short-term responses and longer-term prediction and mitigation roles for these communities. Ongoing efforts show data and knowledge gaps for pathogens and their hosts as well as possible solutions for data integration. Behind these data integration efforts are needs for standards development and adoption.

17:00 UTC - Friday, 23 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

17:00 UTC Introduction
17:10 UTC Paul DL, Soltis PS (2020) Progress Out of a Pandemic: Global collections, data sharing, and changing standards of practice. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59268. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59268
17:30 UTC Krimmel E, Mast A, Paul D, Bruhn R, Rios N, Shorthouse DP (2020) Rapid Creation of a Data Product for the World's Specimens of Horseshoe Bats and Relatives, a Known Reservoir for Coronaviruses. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59067. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59067
17:50 UTC Upham NS, Agosti D, Poelen J, Penev L, Paul D, Reeder DM, Simmons NB, Csorba G, Groom Q, Dimitrova M, Miller JT (2020) Liberating Biodiversity Data From COVID-19 Lockdown: Toward a knowledge hub for mammal host-virus information. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59199. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59199
18:10 UTC Discussion
18:30 UTC Session End

SYM06 You have what in your collection?

Session Type: Symposium + discussion (no unsolicited presentations)

Organizers: Deborah L. Paul, iDigBio, Florida State University, Tallahassee, US; Cat Chapman, iDigBio, University of Florida, Gainesville, US

Digitization and publishing of museum specimen data is happening worldwide. While many museums are actively engaged in this process, others have yet to begin. Information about what collections hold is urgently needed by many stakeholders including the collections themselves, funders, researchers, policy-makers, countries, industry, and educators. At higher levels, museums can start by sharing what they know about their holdings, long before each item has its own record. But, if we are going to aggregate this “metadata” information from all natural science collections, the data need to be “standard.” If everyone shared in their own format, we could not compare or add up what we have, for example. To share this data in its most effective format, it needs to be standardized. But where does this standard come from, and how can it be used in practice?

This session will include presentations that introduce the first version of the new TDWG Collection Descriptions data standard, and examples of trying out the standard with real world collection descriptions use cases. It will also, through a short talk and discussion session, consider the bigger picture of a communal approach to describing our collections at a global level, building on the outputs of GBIF’s recent open consultation on "Advancing the Catalogue of the World’s Natural History Collections".

20:00 UTC - Monday, 19 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

20:00 UTC Woodburn M, Paul DL, Addink W, Baskauf SJ, Blum S, Chapman C, Grant S, Groom Q, Jones J, Petersen M, Raes N, Smith D, Tilley L, Trekels M, Trizna M, Ulate W, Vincent S, Walls R, Webbink K, Zermoglio P (2020) Unity in Variety: Developing a collection description standard by consensus. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59233. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59233
20:20 UTC Trekels M, Woodburn M, Paul DL, Grant S, Webbink K, Jones J, Groom Q (2020) How do you Develop a Data Standard? Wikibase might be the Solution…. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59211. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59211
20:40 UTC Grant S, Jones J, Webbink K, Trekels M (2020) Reducing the Pain of Getting your Backlog Published. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59183. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59183
21:00 UTC Islam S (2020) European Loans and Visits System (ELViS) as a Use Case for a Collection Descriptions Standard . Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59253. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59253
21:20 UTC Hobern D, Paul DL, Robertson T, Groom Q, Thiers B, Asase A, Luo M, Semal P, Woodburn M, Zschuschen E (2020) Advancing the Catalogue of the World’s Natural History Collections. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59324. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59324
21:40 UTC Discussion
22:00 UTC Session End

SYM07 New standards development to support the transformation of collection data into digital specimens

Session Type: Symposium (no unsolicited presentations)

Organizers: Wouter Addink, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, NL; Alex Hardisty, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

The session will report on development of new standards in support of the Digital Specimen concept as described here: https://dissco.tech/2020/03/31/what-is-a-digital-specimen/. These include Collection Descriptions (CD), Minimum Information for Digital Specimen (MIDS) and the Open Digital Specimen standard (OpenDS). The session aims to disseminate the current state of development.

17:00 UTC - Tuesday, 20 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

17:00 UTC Addink W, Hardisty AR (2020) ‘openDS’ – Progress on the New Standard for Digital Specimens. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59338. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59338
17:15 UTC Haston EM, Hardisty A (2020) An Introduction to the Minimum Information about a Digital Specimen (MIDS) Digitisation Standard. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59214. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59214
17:30 UTC Beach J (2020) Institutional and Collaborative Work Perspectives on Specimen Databases. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59424. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59424
17:45 UTC Islam S (2020) FAIR Digital Objects and Natural Science Collection Data. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59254. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59254
18:00 UTC Discussion
18:30 UTC Session End

SYM08 Introduction to the new Living Atlases community

Session Type: Symposium (no unsolicited presentations)

Organizers: Marie-Elise Lecoq, VertNet - Living Atlases Community, San Francisco, US; Anders Telenius, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, SE

For a few years, we have presented the Atlas of Living Australia platform and Living Atlases community to the TDWG. We managed to show you how this community has moved forward and how we have grown from a group of developers to a more stable community. We will use this new session to present what we have achieved since the last conference.

We will explain the work done by both coordinators helped by all the participants and the Living Atlases Management Committee to consolidate this new version of the community. It will include the description of the Memorandum of Understanding, the remote session organized by the technical coordinator and the improvement that we made regarding the technical and non-technical documentation. A presentation of Atlas of Living Australia’s pipeline will close this new symposium.

20:00 UTC - Wednesday, 21 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

20:00 UTC Lecoq M-E, Villaverde C, Robertson T, Ruiz Jurado VJ (2020) The New Living Atlases Community. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59276. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59276
20:20 UTC Lecoq M-E, Robertson T, Villaverde C, Ruiz Jurado VJ, Shah M (2020) Remote Support Sessions Help Living Atlas Developers Deploy Data Portal. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59275. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59275
20:40 UTC Lecoq M-E, Ruiz Jurado VJ (2020) The Living Atlases Community: Communication and documentation. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59273. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59273
21:00 UTC Martin D, Molina J, dos Remedios N, Lecoq M-E, Robertson T, Ruiz Jurado VJ (2020) Aligning GBIF and the Atlas of Living Australia. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59274. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59274
21:30 UTC Session End

SYM09 Technical and standards implications in data liberation and semantic publishing for biodiversity

Session Type: Symposium (no unsolicited presentations)

Organizers: Donat Agosti, Plazi, Bern, CH; Lyubomir Penev, Pensoft, Sofia, BG

We don’t know what we know about biodiversity, because the big biodiversity data is hidden in the published record of an estimated 500 M printed pages and ongoing PDF based closed access publications. We do not know what new research results are published everyday and thus what exciting new discoveries we miss. We recently found out that our biodiversity research results are hardly accessible to contribute in a timely way in a pandemics like Covid-19.

In this symposium we will report on a workflow, a solution to promote to first class status the data in publications immediately upon release, by making it open FAIR data via the Biodiversity Literature Repository, and ultimately contributing to GBIF. Liberated through the Plazi workflow or directly semantically published by Pensoft, a third of the annually new described species are immediately available in GBIF, tens of thousands of taxa are uniquely accessible in GBIF’s taxonomic backbone and hundreds of thousands of figures and taxonomic treatments of taxa are deposited as open FAIR data on the Biodiversity Literature Repository.

The goal of this symposium is to describe the underlying concepts, the processing and quality control workflows, the FAIR standards used, and to provide an assessment of the fitness for use of the output data for the principle data re-users.

14:00 UTC - Wednesday, 21 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

14:00 UTC Agosti D, Guidoti M, Sautter G (2020) Liberating the Richness of Facts implicit in taxonomic Publication: The Plazi Workflow . Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59179. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59179
14:20 UTC Dimitrova M, Poelen J, Zhelezov G, Georgiev T, Agosti D, Penev L (2020) Semantic Publishing Enables Text Mining of Biotic Interactions. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59036. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59036
14:40 UTC Michel F, Olivier G, Ledentec B, Community TB (2020) Unleash the Potential of your Website! 180,000 webpages from the French Natural History Museum marked up with Bioschemas/Schema.org biodiversity types. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59046. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59046
15:00 UTC Agosti D, Guidoti M, Catapano T, Ioannidis-Pantopikos A, Sautter G (2020) The Standards behind the Scenes: Explaining data from the Plazi workflow. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59178. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59178
15:20 UTC Dimitrova M, Zhelezov G, Georgiev T, Penev L (2020) The Pensoft Annotator: A new tool for text annotation with ontology terms. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59042. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59042
15:40 UTC Mozzherin D, Ower G (2020) Adding Taxonomic Dimensions to the Scientific Names Index in the Biodiversity Heritage Library via Integration with the Catalogue of Life. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59130. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59130
16:00 UTC Session End

PD01 Avenues into integration: communicating taxonomic intelligence from sender to recipient

Session Type: Panel Discussion (unsolicited presentations considered)

Organizers: Nathan Upham, Arizona State University, Tempe, US; Beckett Sterner, Arizona State University, Tempe, US

“What is crucial for your ability to communicate with me... pivots on the recipient’s capacity to interpret–to make good inferential sense of the meanings that the declarer is able to send.” (Rescher 2000, 148)

Conventional approaches to reconciling taxonomic information in biodiversity databases have been predominantly based on string matching for unique taxonomic name combinations (e.g., 'Genus species'). However, in their original context these names pertain to specific usages or taxonomic concepts, which can vary in meaning for the same name according to different sources and usages. "Taxonomic intelligence" is the ability and challenge to adequately represent and propagate this complex name/usage interaction within and across trusted biodiversity data networks. New approaches are making progress on key obstacles. An important critique of proposals to use name-to-concept relationships for data aggregation has been the difficulty of scaling them up to reach comprehensive coverage. However, growing efforts by medium-scale data providers and taxonomic authorities suggest an all-or-nothing approach is not required. Nonetheless, with multiple parallel efforts in this domain come potential problems for coordination — how do we ensure that senders and recipients of biodiversity data not only can share messages but do so with “good inferential sense” of their respective meanings? Here we aim to provide a space for brief reviews of diverse, ongoing initiatives in biodiversity AI, logical reasoning, and geospatial analysis to implement taxonomic intelligence. This will set the stage for discussing practical challenges, including reaching broader coverage for name-to-concept alignments, the leveraging of museum specimen metadata, and novel computational tools.

1:30 UTC - Friday, 23 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

1:30 UTC Introduction: Sterner BW, Upham N, Sen A, Franz NM (2020) Avenues into Integration: Communicating taxonomic intelligence from sender to recipient. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59006. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59006
1:40 UTC Vaidya G, Lapp H, Cellinese N (2020) Enabling Machines to Integrate Biodiversity Data with Evolutionary Knowledge. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59088. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59088
1:50 UTC Chapman AR, Harman K, Le Breton S, Grzywna J (2020) Automated Validation of Biological Names in Environmental Survey and Impact Assessments. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59345. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59345
2:00 UTC Frances AL, Oliver L, Goodin K (2020) Conservation Implications of Taxonomic Intelligence: A case study of Trillium. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59229. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59229
2:10 UTC Sen A, Franz N, Sterner BW, Upham N (2020) The Automated Taxonomic Concept Reasoner. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59074. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59074
2:20 UTC Franz NM, Sterner BW, Upham NS, Cortés Hernández KA (2020) Redesigning the Trading Zone between Systematics and Conservation: Insights from Malagasy mouse lemur classifications, 1982 to present. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59234. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59234
2:30 UTC Discussion. Additional panelists: Katja Schulz, Cam Webb, Johan Liljeblad, Anne Fuchs, Nico Franz, Jeff Gerbracht, and Jonathan Rees.
3:00 UTC Session End

PD02 The Biocultural Labels Initiative: Supporting Indigenous Rights in Data derived from Genetic Resources

Session Type: Panel Discussion (no unsolicited presentations)

Organizers: Jane Anderson, New York University / ENRICH, New York, NY; Maui Hudson, University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ

The Biocultural (BC) Labels and Biocultural (BC) Notices are two distinct tools within the Local Contexts ecosystem for recognizing Indigenous rights in data derived from genetic resources. Prioritizing provenance and transparency in data collected in collaboration and partnership with Indigenous peoples or on Indigenous lands and waters, the 6 Biocultural Labels provide a mechanism for Indigenous communities to directly integrate associated responsibilities, obligations and relationships as accompanying metadata. The Biocultural Labels allow for cultural protocols to be digitally expressed and connected with data and to travel with data over time - enhancing engagement with, connection to and recognition of Indigenous interests. As a complimentary, yet distinct mechanism the Biocultural Notices are a tool for researchers and institutions to use and apply to data when there are underlying Indigenous rights or interests in collected data. This increases researcher integrity when working with Indigenous communities, and transparency across the Indigenous data lifecycle. The BC Labels and Notices have been developed as a direct Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) intervention for the equitable and ethical future use of Indigenous data.

With the development of these digital tools questions about standards and appropriate metadata fields for the Labels and Notices within DwC standards have arisen. This is partly because both the BC Labels and the BC Notices potentially could be used at a record level in multiple ways - for instance as rightsHolder, accessRights and potentially License. It is also possible that given the absence of Indigenous interests in the larger formation of the DwC standards, that something new might need to be created that can adequately represent these interests, and the integrity in research practice that they promote. This panel brings together the founders of the Biocultural Labels initiative with users of the Labels within researcher and institutional contexts to discuss development, implementation, scaling, standards and metadata fields.

1:00 UTC - Tuesday, 20 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

1:00 UTC Anderson J, Hudson M (2020) The Biocultural Labels Initiative: Supporting Indigenous rights in data derived from genetic resources. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59230. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59230
1:20 UTC Discussion
2:30 UTC Session End

PD03 Enabling digital specimen and extended specimen concepts in current tools and services

Session Type: Panel Discussion (no unsolicited presentations)

Organizers: Falko Glöckler, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Berlin, DE

Digital specimens represent physical collection objects in cyberspace and consist of references to data and metadata related to the collection object. Through continuous processes of digitizing legacy data, gaining new knowledge from research, annotating and linking to related resources a digital specimen can evolve independently from the original physical object. In order to provide, track and make use of the linked digital specimens in the collection-holding institutions the community might need to think of digital specimens as standalone virtual collections that originate from physical collections. However, new versions of a digital specimen still derive from changes of the physical specimen as the (meta)data is being updated in collection management systems to document the state and treatment of the physical objects. Consequently, there is a challenge to enable the management of both: linked digital specimens in the World Wide Web and the local data of physical specimens in databases of collection-holding institutions and other tools and services.

In this session central questions on the requirements, obstacles and chances of implementing the concepts of digital specimens and extended specimens in software tools are being discussed. The aim is to identify the major tasks and priorities regarding the transformation of tools and services from multiple perspectives: local collection data management, international data infrastructures like DiSSCo and GBIF, data usage outside of domain specific subject areas.

14:00 UTC - Friday, 23 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

14:00 UTC Glöckler F (2020) Enabling Digital Specimen and Extended Specimen Concepts in Current Tools and Services. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59076. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59076
14:20 UTC Discussion
15:30 UTC Session End

CO01 Contributed Oral 1

Session Type: Symposium

22:00 UTC - Wednesday, 21 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

22:00 UTC Chapman AD, Wieczorek JR, Zermoglio PF, Luna MC, Bloom DA (2020) Improved Georeferencing: Three essential guiding documents. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e58983. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.58983
22:20 UTC Zárate M, Zermoglio PF, Wieczorek J, Plos A, Mazzanti R (2020) Linked Open Biodiversity Data (LOBD): A semantic application for integrating biodiversity information. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e58975. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.58975
22:40 UTC Belbin L, Chapman A, Wieczorek J, Morris PJ, Zermoglio PF (2020) Task Group 2 – Data Quality Tests and Assertions. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e58982. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.58982
23:00 UTC Shorthouse DP (2020) Slinging With Four Giants on a Quest to Credit Natural Historians for our Museums and Collections. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59167. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59167
23:20 UTC Pender J, Sachs J, Lujan-Toro B, Macklin J (2020) Even Simple Habitat Ontologies are Hard to Use. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59190. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59190
23:40 UTC Discussion and additional questions
0:00 UTC Session End

CO02 Contributed Oral 2

Session Type: Symposium

17:00 UTC - Monday, 19 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

17:00 UTC Page R (2020) Strategies for Assembling the Biodiversity Knowledge Graph. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59126. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59126
17:20 UTC Shorthouse DP, Pender J, Rabeler R, Macklin JA (2020) Digitization of US Herbaria - How close did we get to the 2020 goal? Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59166. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59166
17:40 UTC LeVan KE (2020) Specimens in a Broader Context: The National Ecological Observatory Network and the extended specimen. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59208. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59208
18:00 UTC Seltmann KC, Poelen JH, Sullivan K, Zaspel J (2020) Making Parasite-Host Associations Visible using Global Biotic Interactions. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e58985. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.58985
18:20 UTC Costa WF, Giannini TC, Saraiva AM (2020) Biodiversity Climate Shifts: shaping data transformation and evaluation. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59241. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59241
18:40 UTC Discussion and additional questions
19:00 UTC Session End

CO03 Contributed Oral 3

Session Type: Symposium

17:00 UTC - Thursday, 22 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

17:00 UTC Ulate W, Mora MM (2020) Assessment of Annotation Needs of Botanists. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59308. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59308
17:20 UTC Baskauf SJ (2020) Creating and Maintaining TDWG Vocabularies using Spreadsheets. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59124. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59124
17:40 UTC Zermoglio PF, Plos A, Acosta N, Amaya L, Escobar DA, Grattarola F, Mancina CA, Nuñez F, Plata CA, Quintero E, Vargas M (2020) Latin American Plea for Incorporation of Other, Non-English Languages in TDWG Standards Documentation. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e58973. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.58973
18:00 UTC Stevenson RD, Merrill CL, Burn PR (2020) Assessment of Biodiversity Data Collected Using iNaturalist Compiled Over Three Years of College Freshman Orientations. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59128. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59128
18:20 UTC Ivanova N, Shashkov M (2020) Contribution of Citizen Science to Biodiversity Data Mobilization in Russia. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59197. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59197
18:40 UTC Discussion and additional questions
19:00 UTC Session End

CO04 Contributed Oral 4

Session Type: Symposium

8:30 UTC - Friday, 23 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

8:30 UTC Coetzer W (2020) Development of Protocols and Tools to Manage and Archive Data from Aquatic Biodiversity Surveys. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59027. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59027
8:50 UTC Davis AJ.S, Adriaens T, De Troch R, Desmet P, Groom Q, Oldoni D, Reyserhove L, Vanderhoeven S, Strubbe D (2020) Using Global Biodiversity Information Facility Occurrence Data for Automated Invasive Alien Species Risk Mapping . Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59172. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59172
9:10 UTC Driller C, Koch M, Abrami G, Hemati W, Lücking A, Mehler A, Pachzelt A, Kasperek G (2020) Fast and Easy Access to Central European Biodiversity Data with BIOfid. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59157. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59157
9:30 UTC Body G (2020) Using the Darwin Core Standard for Estimated Records. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59120. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59120
9:50 UTC Waller JT (2020) Outlier Detection at GBIF Using DBSCAN. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59412. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59412
10:10 UTC Discussion and additional questions
10:30 UTC Session End

CO05 Contributed Oral 5

Session Type: Symposium

11:30 UTC - Friday, 23 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

11:30 UTC Kommineni VK, Kattge J, Gaikwad J, Baddam P, Tautenhahn S (2020) Understanding Intraspecific Trait Variability Using Digital Herbarium Specimen Images. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59061. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59061
11:50 UTC Schigel D, Andersson AF, Bissett A, Finstad AG, Fossøy F, Grosjean M, Hope M, Kõljalg U, Lundin D, Nilsson RH, Prager M, Jeppesen TS, Svenningsen CS (2020) Mapping and Publishing Sequence-Derived Data through Biodiversity Data Platforms. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59212. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59212
12:10 UTC Oldoni D, Groom Q, Desmet P (2020) Occurrence Cubes: A new way of aggregating heterogeneous species occurrence data. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59154. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59154
12:30 UTC Kiddle PC, Smith VS, Scott B (2020) Next Steps in the Evolution of the Scratchpads Virtual Research Platform: A framework for the evaluation of data storage alternatives for Scratchpads. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59163. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59163
12:50 UTC Köhler C (2020) Managing Audio Monitoring Data with SIMON – Concept for Data Administration, Online Repository and Dissemination. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 4: e59108. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59108
13:10 UTC Discussion and additional questions
13:30 UTC Session End

Posters

A number of posters have been contributed to TDWG 2020. Each poster has an abstract published in BISS, and the poster file itself will soon be attached to the published abstract. In the mean time, please see the list of contributed posters and their files here on the conference website. Also please note, we have asked poster authors to attend at least one of the social sessions to make themselves available to discuss their posters with conference participants. Social sessions are listed below and blocked on the conference schedule.

Social Sessions

Session Type: Social sessions

Social session 1: Ooooh! We didn’t know that

23:00 UTC - Monday, 19 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

So yes, there are people behind the computers… We have faces, and dogs, and cats and children. And messy living rooms, and cute coffee (tea!) cups. And slippers you can’t see but you can imagine! You want to learn more about the actual people in this community? Take your seat, and your microphone, in this TDWG 2020 Social Hour 1!

Social session 2: Away with TDWG words

07:00 UTC - Tuesday, 20 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

A fun game where participants will mime, draw or describe words from the TDWG world. To make things a little more animated, participants are requested to wear something on their head – this can be a wig, hat, cat, etc.

Closing Social session: TDWG Just Dance

20:30 UTC - Friday, 23 October 2020 (Find your local time here)

What better way to close out a meeting than with an epic dance party? While we cannot dance with each other in person, we can still have fun and dance together on camera! Join us for endless smiles and laughter as we listen to music, dance, try TikTok challenges, and just have a good time together as best as we can. There will also be breakout rooms to just hang out and chat if you need a break from the dancefloor!

Last updated 18 October 2020