The role of the expert community within the alliance for biodiversity knowledge

Donald Hobern, GBIF Secretariat, 12 March 2019

The Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook (GBIO) assigned a key role to what it called the Biodiversity Knowledge Network, part of the Culture tier in the GBIO framework. This component of the framework relates to developing models, social networks, reputation and recognition systems to empower and reward professionals and knowledgeable amateurs to contribute to the curation and improvement of digital biodiversity information.

The importance of this component was also recognized in the GBIC2 workshop. The Biodiversity Knowledge Network was selected as one of four GBIO components for in-depth workshop discussions, summarized in Annex A of the alliance paper in Biodiversity Informatics Journal: Outputs from GBIC2 Working Groups.