Supporting global biodiversity work

A critical element in mapping regional and global biodiversity is to bring existing relevant data together. Darwin Core is an international standard on how to do this that facilitates future integration of existing data. The Nansen Legacy trains researchers to publish and archive the collected data on Arctic marine species for future and global use.

On the 21 st and 22 nd of September Nansen Legacy member Luke Marsden, from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, in collaboration with the Global Biodiversity
Information Facility (GBIF), ran a Darwin Core Archives workshop. This was a repeat of last year’s successful workshop.

The goal of the workshop was for researchers to bring their data and convert them to Darwin Core Archives and publish them. The participants brought different types of biodiversity data with associated experimental data, such as abundance counts, biomass, and DNA sequences from sea-ice meiofauna, macrobenthos and many other datasets with a species list.

The workshop was a great success with 16 participants of which 9 people were Nansen Legacy members or alumni. After two successful workshops, Luke will consider running another workshop next year, together with GBIF, if there is demand for it. If you are interested and would like to stay informed, you can contact him at You can also contact Luke if you want to participate in the CF-NetCDF workshop (bring your own data) that Luke is running on the 9 th and 10 th of November in Tromsø.

“Thanks to this workshop, I now feel confident to publish my own data”

Venessa Pitusi
UiT Museum

We would like to thank Luke and GBIF for their efforts in organizing this workshop, which allows more data to become open access and available for the scientific community, and weare happy to see the Darwin Core Archives being published.