Our ability to react adequately to the current biodiversity crisis is directly related to our ability to understand, predict and manage complex biological systems response to ongoing anthropogenic pressures. Because ecology is the scientific study of the interactions that determine the distribution and abundance organisms, it therefore provide the foundation for understanding and potentially mitigating the current biodiversity crisis. In order to provide scientific knowledge needed for evidence-based policy and management, data driven research with wide spatial, temporal and taxonomic coverage is urgently needed to produce grand ecological synthesis. However, currently most ecological data are not managed according to FAIR principles for data management, and this represent a significant hindrance to further scientific progress. Living Norway Ecological Data Network was established in 2019, in order to provide the research community with FAIR data from ecological data. The overall goals of the network include implementation of e-infrastructure, development of data infrastructure of ecological data, co-development and implementation of common standards, development of training and education modules, and network and coordination activities to ensure efficient and widespread community uptake of the tools and human know-how developed in the network. This application is targeting the network activities, which an absolutely fundamental activity if we are to achieve the overarching goals of the network. The network currently consists of eight Norwegian institutions (NINA, NTNU, UiB, NMBU, NHM-UiO, NIVA, NIBIO and NIBIC) that have committed to the common goals outlined in the collaboration agreement. Moreover, the network is tightly connected to global networsk and infrastructures, such as GBIF and TDWG. Across the two year proejct applied for here, we will facilitate a number of activities that will make the greater goals of the network attainable.
MILUTARENA-Formidlings- og koordineringstiltak knyttet for miljø- og utviklingsforskning