1. Tony Rees – 2014 Ebbe Nielsen Prize Presentation

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    Tony Rees of CSIRO in Australia, recipient of the 2014 Ebbe Nielsen Prize, discusses the life and legacy of four biodiversity informatics tools he developed: C-squares, OBIS, Taxamatch and the Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera (IRMNG).

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    • 2013 Ebbe Nielsen Prize Winner presentation during the GBIF Science Symposium

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      Miguel Bastos Araújo received the €30,000 Ebbe Nielsen Prize, awarded annually by the GBIF Science Committee, at the hosted dinner for the 20th GBIF Governing Board in Berlin, on 8 October 2013. In making the selection, the GBIF Science Committee recognized Araújo’s groundbreaking research in deploying biodiversity informatics to model and forecast environmental phenomena, specifically the effects of different climate change scenarios on regional and global biodiversity patterns. His presentation during the 2013 GBIF Science Symposium "Why do species occur where they do?", summarized current understanding of the determinants of species distributions with particular emphasis on the development of predictive models of biodiversity change, while proposing a research agenda for the forthcoming years that involves greater integration between otherwise disconnected disciplines in life sciences.

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      • Official launch of the new GBIF data portal

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        The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (www.gbif.org) unveils a major new tool that enables researchers and policy makers to use vast quantities of data to help understand the threats to biodiversity, and to develop solutions to reduce those threats.

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        • UK Overseas Territories data access and management: An emerging role for GBIF?

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          Dr Steve Wilkinson, head of data services at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and UK node manager, shares the story of a novel data-sharing project involving the UK Overseas Territories and led by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

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          • Biodiversity and human innovation

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            Dr Paul Oldham of Lancaster University's ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspect of Genomics outlines how integrating GBIF-mediated data with social and economic datasets provides a powerful means of understanding the role of biodiversity in innovation.

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            • GBIF helping to underpin global food security

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              Joana Magos Brehm of the University of Birmingham reviews the use of GBIF-mediated data in the conservation and utilization of crop wild relatives and how it contributes to the support of global food security.

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              • ALA's Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement Tool (MERIT)

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                John La Salle, director of the Atlas of Living Australia, describes how this new tool captures information on environmental research for the Australian government, including biodiversity data, project management, management activities and social participation.

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                • Filling biodiversity knowledge gaps

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                  Dr Arturo Ariño discusses potential information gaps that exist between different sources of data, using two case studies the UN Biosphere Reserves in Mexico and Spain.

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                  • GBIF supporting action against human disease

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                    Dr Healy Hamilton, chief scientist of NatureServe, discusses how interdisciplinary and macro-ecological analyses of species distributions can identify current and future locations at potential risk of zoonotic viruses emerging as infectious diseases that threaten the health and welfare of human communities.

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                    • National data management services in Ireland

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                      Liam Lysaght, director of Ireland's National Biodiversity Data Centre, offers examples of the nationwide services provided by the NBDC.

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