10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
[MGI04-07] Current status and challenges of open data in biodiveristy field
Keywords:biodiversity informatics, open data, databases, taxonomy, linked data
In Japan, only small amounts of resources on biodiversity have been hitherto openly published. Most of them depend on individual efforts. The author has been published taxon name databases as open data by the assistance of GBIF Japan Node. In addition, some projects are also currently in progress. Linked Open Data for ACademia (LODAC) is a project to publish academic data in Linked Open Data (LOD) format. Both of taxon and occurrence data are converted and stored in LOD format, and linked to other LOD data such as DBPedia. The openly published records are used as a core component of the biodiversity LOD.
Many people still have difficulty to openly publish their data. One issue is there are no cultures and incentives to encourage open data publications. A data citation system like that for scientific papers using Digital Object Identifier (DOI), and a data paper publication framework could be solutions for this issue, though there have not been any evaluation systems in research communities. Another issue is a risk of the publication of sensitive data, that is, distribution records of endangered or commercially valuable species. The improvement of data interoperability between biodiversity and other fields is also a challenge for the future.
In this presentation, the author will show the current progress of open data activities on biodiversity information in Japan, and discuss on future challenges and collaborations.