GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge Now Open

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), based in Denmark, is an international open data infrastructure that enables individuals from any country to access survey and research data about all types of life on Earth. It is funded by the world’s governments.

GBIF’s Ebbe Nielsen Challenge aims to inspire scientists, informaticians, data modellers, cartographers and other experts to create innovative applications of open-access biodiversity data. It recognises outstanding contributions to biodiversity informatics while honouring the legacy of Ebbe Nielsen, a Danish entomologist and one of the principal founders of GBIF.

The Challenge is an open-ended incentive prize that aims to encourage the development of tools and techniques that improve the access, utility or quality of GBIF-mediated data and thus contribute to advancement in open science. Entries should benefit multiple stakeholder groups, including data users, data holders and data managers. Submissions may choose to develop new applications, visualisation methods, workflows or analyses, or build on and extend existing tools and features.

It is expected that successful entries will provide practical, pragmatic solutions for the GBIF network while advancing biodiversity informatics and biodiversity data management in relation to the GBIF mission and strategic plan. A significant portion of the entry must be novel and developed specifically for the challenge.

The judges and GBIF Secretariat staff must be able to:

Access and operate or review the submission at no cost.

Operate it on readily available hardware (if the submission is a stand-alone application).

Repeat any processes or routines (if the submission is a script or other automated solution).

Entrants are welcome to document and present their entries via any appropriate repository or website eg GitHub, Dryad, FigShare, Open Science Framework, Jupyter Notebook or their own website.

The Challenge is open to individuals, teams of individuals, companies and their employees, and governmental agencies and their employees. Entrants can be based in any country worldwide.

There is a total fund of €35,000 to be distributed as prizes. The prize judges will advise the administrators with recommendations on the final number of winners and size of prizes.

Entries must be submitted by the deadline of 27 July 2020 (16:00 CEST).

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