Centre for the synthesis
and analysis of biodiversity

A centre created and developed by the FRB

15-17 January, 2014

Synthesis and analysis of scientific data has proven an invaluable tool for the emergence of new theory, paradigms, knowledge and research needs

within the broad scientific field of biodiversity. However, much remains to be done to make data from biodiversity research fully available and usable for synthesis and analysis. A significant part of this challenge relates to the management of these potentially available data.


The main objectives of this workshop are:

  1. To provide an overview of data management for ecology/biodiversity science in various institutions: synthesis centers, national and international bodies, etc.
  2. To discuss the steps required to implement an efficient data management process in such institutions so that raw data can become available to the wider scientific/stakeholder community.
  3. To propose best practices and minimum requirements for data quality and management.
    A non-exhaustive list of questions to be addressed during the workshop includes: what is the minimum set of metadata to describe properly data sets pertaining to the various facets of biodiversity? Should there be at least two levels of metadata, one very generic, the other one more specific to individual projects according to the question addressed? Where is the boundary between “raw” and “elaborated” (or “derived”) data? How to make data sets available and accessible while acknowledging intellectual property rights (how is this tackled in e.g. the DataOne initiative)? What should (or can) be implemented in the context of working groups of synthesis centers to smooth out the flow of data and encourage the sharing beyond the groups? How can collaborations between institutions managing large data sets facilitate the implementation of best practices and shared standards?, etc.

CEntre de Synthèse et d’Analyse sur la Biodiversité (CESAB)
Domaine du Petit Arbois
Aix-en-Provence, France

Contact person
Eric Garnier: eric.garnier@cefe.cnrs.fr