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Deadline: August 1, 2019 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.

GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge 2019

Are you an open data champion? The 2019 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge will award up to €34,000 in prizes to the most innovative entries that leverage biodiversity data and tools from the GBIF network to advance open science.

Between 23 January and 1 August, individuals and teams can prepare tools and techniques that improve the access, usefulness and quality of open biodiversity data and submit them to this open-ended incentive competition.

Seeking open-data innovations for biodiversity

Challenge entries can take any number of approaches. Entrants may choose to develop new applications, visualizations, methods, workflows or analyses, often (but not always) making use of the GBIF API to access data.

You may also build on or extend the capabilities of existing tools and features from across the GBIF network. Entrants are encouraged to review previous winners as well as previous entries—for ideas, problems or approaches you may wish to pursue (see below).

Entries should benefit multiple stakeholder groups, including data users, data holders and data managers. You may wish to review the GBIF Communications Strategy to see how we describe GBIF’s audiences.

An expert jury will be assembled to judge the entries that we receive on their openness and repeatability, relevance and novelty. Winners will be announced in October 2019 at the 26th GBIF Governing Board meeting in Leiden, the Netherlands.

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 I create?

The 2019 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 in relation to the GBIF mission and strategic plan.

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.

Jury members will score entries based on four categories:

  1. Innovation
  2. Impact
  3. Quality of the system
  4. The overall quality of the submission

Interested in applying for the GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge 2019? Register your participation by following the request invitation link and taking the suggested steps.


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