Background on the workshop

GBIF will organize three workshops to help “major international stakeholders to develop the global collections research agenda” within the SYNTHESYS+ NA5 Internationalization work package. These workshops are a contribution to the efforts of the biodiversity informatics community to develop sustainable, cost-effective, scientifically relevant and internationally applicable networks and systems for managing and using biodiversity information.

The participatory consultation will test a virtual alternative to a face-to-face workshop. We hope that it will both enable wider participation by interested stakeholders around the world and reduce the carbon footprint of biodiversity informatics. See ‘Why a virtual workshop?’ for a more extensive discussion of the approach and its rationale.

“Advancing the Catalogue of the World’s Natural History Collections” will provide inputs into several intersecting initiatives, including but not limited to:

The consultation aims to offer value to all of these efforts, but more particularly to provide a common vision, road map and set of priorities for efficient and seamless interoperability between their platforms and for tools and services based on accurate and current collection information.