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Deadline: August 2, 2021 00:00 CEST| Apply here
Eligibility: The Challenge is open to individuals, teams of individuals, companies and their employees, and governmental agencies and their employees.

Ebbe Nielsen Challenge 2021

The 2021 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge has opened to recognize innovative entries that leverage biodiversity data and tools from the GBIF network to advance open science.

The Challenge honours the memory of Dr Ebbe Schmidt Nielsen, an inspirational leader in the fields of biosystematics and biodiversity informatics and a principal founder of GBIF, who died unexpectedly just before it came into being.

What should you create?

The 2021 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge is deliberately open-ended, so entrants have a broad remit for creating tools and techniques that advance in open science and improve the access, utility or quality of GBIF-mediated data.

Challenge submissions may be new applications, visualization methods, workflows or analyses, or they build on and extend existing tools and features.

It is expected that successful entries provide practical, pragmatic solutions for the GBIF network while advancing biodiversity informatics and biodiversity data management concerning the GBIF mission and strategic plan.

Entries should benefit multiple stakeholder groups, including data users, data holders and data managers.

Criteria

A panel of expert judges from relevant scientific, informatics and technology domains will evaluate submissions based on the following criteria:

  • Openness and repeatability: Are the constituent elements of the submission, like code and content, freely available and transparent? Are they appropriately licensed?
  • Applicability: Does the submission have sufficient relevance and scope that the communities GBIF support can use or build it?
  • Novelty: Has a significant portion of the submission been developed specifically for the challenge? Submissions based largely or entirely on previously published work are not deemed to be eligible entries.

Prizes

An expert jury will judge entries on their openness and repeatability, relevance and novelty and present a selected pool of winners with a total of up to €20,000 in prizes.

Interested in applying for the Ebbe Nielsen Challenge 2021? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.


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