Analytical techniques in biodiversity big data using GBIF: making an impact
- Fatima Parker-Allie |
- Katia Cezón |
- Francisco Pando |
- Fernando Aguilar |
- Doug Harebottle |
- Morne Du Plessis |
- Andrew Skowno |
- Dewidine van der Colff |
- Maphale Monyeki |
- Vernon Visser |
The vast quantities of biodiversity data put together in a uniform, FAIR way, and now available, in part led by GBIF, is recognized as an enabler of high impact innovative science, and a key to respond to the current societal challenges. However, the exploitation of this resource is often hindered by limited capacity.
SANBI-GBIF in Partnership with GBIF Spain are exploring ways of using big data analytics to enable the mining of the data, and the identification of some key tools, techniques and approaches that can be used to ask some pertinent research questions related to time, space and taxonomy.
The contents of the course will include aspects such as the GBIF API, the use of Jupyter notebooks, using big data analytic techniques to manage aspects of data quality like time, space and taxonomy, data visualisation, conservation planning and species distribution modelling using deep learning approaches.
This course will include trainers from GBIF South Africa and GBIF Spain including key experts from the University of Cantabria, with expertise in Data Science and Big Data Analytics.
The target audience for this course would include stakeholders from research organisations, museums, herbaria, provincial organisations, government officials dealing with biodiversity data, biodiversity information practitioners, academics, and students.
Course requirements for participants
1. Relevant bachelor’s degree in natural or earth science such as biology, botany, zoology, forestry, geography, or a related field of biodiversity informatics, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Participants have found some prior experience in using R is helpful for this course, although this is not a requirement.
2. Criteria for selection of participants will include:
a. Relevance of work / study to the course
b. Commitment to apply and disseminate skills
3. An effort will be made to ensure there is a racial, gender and national institutional representation among the participants
4. Must to bring a computer with at least 4 GB of RAM.