The SCAR OSC proved to be a busy week for the Antarctic Biodiversity Information Facility Team. During the Open Science Conference and related meetings we took every opportunity to promote free and open access to Antarctic Biodiversity data for science, conservation and management purposes.
The SCAR OSC conference offered the opportunity to present our work to various people, ranging from young early career scientists to members of various SCAR expert groups. Special attention was paid to the presentation of the Integrated Publishing Toolkit and the advantages of data publication, which were well received by the community including, other disciplines.
A dedicated workshop was organized to present the mARS project to the community and receive feedback in order to better accommodate their needs. This will allow a better integration of (microbial) genetic resources into AntaBIF.
During the post conference meetings the National Antarctic Programs expressed renewed recognition and support for AntaBIF and a new Expert Group on Antarctic Biodiversity Informatics (EG-ABI) was created.
Additional five new Research programmes were approved, 2 for Life Sciences (ANT-ECO and ANT-ERA), two about Glaciology, Geosciences (PAIS and SERCE) and one on the Climate (Ant Climate in the 21th century).
While ANT-ECO deals with State of the Antarctic Ecosystem, ANT-ERA is concerned with Antarctic Thresholds – Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation. For both these programs AntaBIF the Data management initiative will rely strongly on AntaBIF.
We have some interesting new collaborations and new challenges ahead.
In particular the US-LTER (Long-Term Ecological Research) Dry Valleys initiative is planing to Use AntaBIF as a data managment wing for their Project. We will work closely together with Expert Group on Birds and Marine Mammales (EG-BAMM) on their data management. One very exciting new datatype that we will try to integrate will be satellite tracking data. Finally we will Also Advise on design of new Environmental Portals which New Zealand and Australia will lead.
In short plenty of new ideas and collaboration to keep us busy until the next SCAR OSC in Auckland, NZ.