Workpackage 02

Member of the

Freshwater Information Platform

Workpackage 02

Quality Control and Database Preparation

Responsible Institutes: Universit├Ąt f├╝r Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU)

Key issues and Tasks:

  • Analyse what kind of data exist and improve the availability of crucial information, if necessary by engaging new partners or by digitisation of published information.
  • Assess the quality and format of existing databases, increase data quality and interlink the format to optimise its use in modelling.
  • Promote sustained involvement of data custodians in BioFresh by ensuring appropriate property rights, data usage and proper acknowledgement by data users.

Biodiversity related databases on local, European and global scale contain the essential information needed to model biodiversity changes and to derive policy-relevant indices. Scientific achievements from a large number of international and national as well as EU-funded research projects have resulted in a large number of biodiversity-related databases. They include data on taxonomy, geographical distribution of species, species traits, ecology of species and ecosystems, environmental features, and others. However, these databases differ in many features like taxonomic level, geographic system, or temporal resolution.

Data quality may also significantly differ between taxonomical groups even within an individual database. All of these aspects of data type, coverage and database structure and format will be addressed within BioFresh. To deliver a product that is optimised for use, the availability and quality of data and interoperability of databases will be approached. We will do so by applying and, if necessary, adopting relevant standards and procedures proposed by integrating biodiversity information initiatives like GBIF, LifeWatch and TDWG.