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BSS - Facilitating bio data exchange across New Zealand

Vision: By 2016 New Zealand has developed and proofed (through a working demonstration) a “biodata services stack” (BSS). This stack ensures that:

  • guidelines and procedures exist and are maintained so that (key elements of) primary biodata can be archived and published consistently in any organisation across New Zealand;
  • support for national systems (e.g. vocabularies, standards) for archiving and publishing of primary biodata across New Zealand exist and is maintained; and
  • published biodata is discoverable and accessible via standards-based web-services to enable data sharing and mobilisation.

Organisations across New Zealand collecting biodata have agreed to implement and adhere to the Biodata Services Stack in their biodata management and archiving processes and data publishing functions.

Goal of the TFBIS project “A national network for connecting and mobilising primary biodiversity data” is to work towards that vision by (i) defining use-cases for data mobilisation, (ii) specifying architecture and components the BSS needs to consist of, and (iii) implementing a working demonstration type connecting a limited number of data sources and providing solutions for some of the identified use-cases.  The project partners have agreed on focusing the project on Birds, Pest Plants, Invertebrate, and Fish occurrence observations.

BSS Project Partners

Landcare Research, Horizons Regional Council, NIWA, Auckland Council, Environment Southland, Hawkes Bay Regional Council, Department of Conservation, Te Papa

Key Information for BSS Project Partners

More Information about the BSS Project

BSS Project Phases and Outputs



Project Director: Jochen Schmidt, Chief Scientist Environmental Information NIWA

BSS - What's happening?

A number of workshops are currently planned to gather information about biodata sources and uses. Stay tuned!

BSS workshops

Date / TimeVenue
BSS Use Case workshops
1st MayNelson
8th MayPalmerston North
12th MayDunedin
23rd MayChristchurch
29th MayAuckland
23rd JuneNorthland
23rd JulyWellington
BSS Infrastructure workshops
18/19 AugustPalmerston North