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This page and its children contains recommendations for the implementation of a National Bio Data Infrastructure (BDI) based on the BSS work.


A draft case for a BDI can be found here and here.


It is recommended to set up a national infrastructure which

  1. supports the further development and ongoing maintenance of bio data standards (as demonstrated by the BSS project), this ensures that data providers publish their data to standards;
  2. establishes and maintain a national registry service for bio data sources / service endpoints, this ensures data sources can be discovered by end users;
  3. supports a national facility for maintaining taxonomic concepts, in line with international best practice, such as that provided by the New Zealand Organisms Register (NZOR), this enable organisations to publish their species data to a common standard;
  4. establishes and maintains a national vocabulary / register for bio data methods, this enable organisations to annotate their bio data with a common methodology;
  5. establishes and maintains a national vocabulary for observation names and units, this enables organisations to publish their observations to a common standard;
  6. establishes and maintains a national framework including a linked data URI policy to support national vocabulary services.


We note that

  • This infrastructure needs to include clear mandates (even legislation?); clear responsibilities; and resources.
  • Many of the mentioned components functions / components are generic in nature and can be re-used in the context of a wider “Environmental Data Infrastructure EDI”, and combined with the SDI work that is going on through NZGO. The BSS project has started conversations and hosted a workshop with NZGO on that matter.
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