The problem at hand
Measuring the extent and dynamics of the global biodiversity crisis is a challenging task that demands rapid, reliable and repeatable biodiversity monitoring data. Such data is essential for policymakers to be able to assess policy options effectively and accurately. To achieve this, however, there is a need to enhance the integration of biodiversity data from various sources, including citizen scientists, museums, herbaria, and researchers.
B-Cubed (Biodiversity Building Blocks for policy) hopes to tackle this challenge by reimagining the process of biodiversity monitoring, making it more adaptable and responsive.
B-Cubed’s approach rests on six pillars:
- Improved alignment between policy and biodiversity data. Working closely with existing biodiversity initiatives to identify and meet policy needs.
- Evidence base. Leveraging data cubes to standardise access to biodiversity data using the Essential Biodiversity Variables framework. These cubes are the basis for models and indicators of biodiversity.
- Cloud computing environment. Providing users with access to the models in real-time and on demand.
- Automated workflows. Developing exemplary automated workflows for modelling using biodiversity data cubes and for calculating change indicators.
- Case studies. Demonstrating the effectiveness of B-Cubed’s tools.
- Capacity building. Ensuring that the solutions meet openness standards and training end-users to employ them.
Harnessing its experience in the communication, dissemination and exploitation of numerous EU projects, Pensoft focuses on maximising B-Cubed’s impact and ensuring the adoption and long-term legacy of its results. This encompasses a wide array of activities, ranging all the way from building the project’s visual and online presence to translating its results into policy recommendations. Pensoft also oversees B-Cubed’s data management by developing a Data Management Plan which ensures the implementation of the FAIR data principles and maximises the access to and re-use of the project’s research outputs.
Full list of partners
- Meise Botanic Garden
- Global Biodiversity Information Facility
- Research Institute for Nature and Forest
- University of Bologna
- Justus-Liebig-University Giessen
- Ovidius University of Constanța
- South African National Biodiversity Institute
- Stellenbosch University
- Pensoft Publishers
- German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
- French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation
- University of Aveiro
- La Trobe University