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2022 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge seeks open-data innovations for biodiversity

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Application Deadline: 14 August 2022

The 2022 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge has opened with the aim of recognizing innovative entries that leverage biodiversity data and tools from the GBIF network to advance open science. An expert jury will judge entries on their openness and repeatability, relevance and novelty and present a selected pool of winners with a total of up to €20,000 in prizes.

Between 16 December 2021 and 14 August 2022, individuals and teams can prepare tools and techniques that improve the access, usefulness and quality of open biodiversity data and submit them to this annual open-ended incentive competition.

Challenge entries can take any number of forms, as entrants may choose to develop new applications, visualizations, methods, workflows or analyses, often (but not always) making use of the GBIF API to access data. Entries may also build on or extend the capabilities of existing tools and features available across the GBIF network. We encourage entrants to review previous winners as well as previous winning entries for ideas, problems or approaches you may wish to pursue.

Entries should benefit multiple stakeholder groups, including data users, data holders and data managers. Entrants may also wish to review the GBIF Communications Strategy to see how GBIF characterizes its audiences.

Eligibility

The Challenge is open to individuals, teams of individuals, companies and their employees, and governmental agencies and their employees.

The Challenge is not open to:

  • Current staff members at the GBIF Secretariat
  • Individuals currently contracting directly with the GBIF Secretariat
  • Members of the GBIF Science Committee
  • Heads of Delegation to GBIF

Application Procedure

Entrants must complete the entry form, which provides information about the entry, including:

  • Submission name/title
  • Team member(s) names and affiliations
  • Abstract and rationale
  • Operating instructions
  • Link to visuals (prototype, demo, video, screenshots, slides, etc.)
  • Link(s) to submission materials on any appropriate website or repository

The judges and GBIF Secretariat staff must be able to

  • access and operate or review the submission at no cost
  • operate it on readily available hardware (if the submission is a stand-alone application)
  • repeat any processes or routines, if the submission is a script or other automated solution

Entrants can prepare and document their entries on a repository or platform of their choosing—GitHubJupyter NotebookDryadFigShareOpen Science Framework or their own website.

By encouraging entrants to use tools that they’re already familiar and comfortable with, we hope that anyone interested in submitting can focus squarely on questions of what, why and how—

  • what the submission is
  • why it matters to the GBIF communities it is intended to serve
  • how it works

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