•   over 4 years ago

Are checklists, metadata, downloads, etc. GBIF-mediated data?

From the home page:

"This open incentive competition seeks to encourage innovative uses of the more than half a billion species occurrence records mobilized through GBIF’s international network." "The submission can be anything that provides new representations or insights using GBIF-mediated data."

Does this mean that the challenge will not accept submissions that make (exclusive use) of 1) checklist data, 2) dataset metadata or 3) download statistics? Or are those data - which are also available through the GBIF APIs - also considered "GBIF-mediated data"?

In other words, do submissions always need to build upon occurrence data?

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  • Manager   •   over 4 years ago

    Great question, Peter. The short answer is: no, submissions do not need to build exclusively on occurrence data.

    We would view submissions that use checklists, dataset metadata or download statistics—as well as those that employ GBIF web services—as qualifying for the Challenge. The passage you cite will be amended (and dated) in hope of clarifying the intent of the Challenge.

    In this context, it's may be worth noting that, though the effort is still in its early stages, the GBIF Secretariat and its EU BON partners are also now working on extending support to sample-based data. For some background, see this thread on the TDWG Standards Content discussion group: http://lists.tdwg.org/pipermail/tdwg-content/2014-November/003380.html

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