ILIAS of the Philipps-Universität Marburg
AutorInnen: Dr. Judith Weber, Prof. Dr. Frank Oliver Glöckner
Abstract
The NFDI4BioDiversity consortium comprises 48 partners ranging from universities,research institutes to authorities and educated societies located throughoutGermany; all united in their passion for biodiversity and data.
For us, biodiversity is more than just the diversity of living species. It includes geneticand phenotypic diversity of organisms, functional diversity, interactions and thediversity of populations and whole ecosystems. Answers to scientifically and societalrelevant questions can only be found based on the availability of quality dataintegrated from multiple sources. The FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable) data principles provide a framework towards such data integration [2].NFDI4BioDiversity is dedicated to deliver practical tools for researchers to mobilise,manage and publish their data in line with the FAIR principles.
The active involvement of the biodiversity community, comprising of researchers,agencies, societies, citizen scientists and more, is central to the design of ourconsortium. The needs of all stakeholders of biodiversity (research) will shape andguide NFDI4BioDiversity. Engagement with the community also includes teachingand training of the next generations, and the establishment of an expert network forresearch data support.

Data, tools and people will be brought together in the NFDI Research data commons(RDC), a cloud-based infrastructure that will allow the integration, analysis andvisualization of data. The NFDI RDC will be jointly developed with other NFDIconsortia to allow interdisciplinary analysis of heterogeneous data types: crucial toanswer biodiversity related questions.
We are part of the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) network (https://www.nfdi.de).

[1] www.nfdi4biodiversity.org/consortium/
[2] Wilkinson et al. (2016) https://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2016.18