Expert Group on Antarctic Biodiversity Informatics (EG-ABI)

Terms of Reference

EG-ABI aims to optimize ongoing developments in biodiversity informatics for the SCAR community. It does this by:

  • coordinating biodiversity informatics activities across SCAR for research, management, conservation and monitoring purposes;
  • promoting free and open access to primary Antarctic biodiversity data, source code, and relevant resources;
  • promoting community-driven biodiversity data projects;
  • providing advice to SCAR groups which require access to biodiversity data and advise on strategies to embrace future data streams;
  • advising SCAR groups on best practices in biodiversity data management, standardization, interoperability and biodiversity information networks designs;
  • advising on the involvement of SCAR with bodies such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) or the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (IODE-OBIS) on matters relevant to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean;
  • contributing to the establishment of a dynamic, data-driven benchmark of the state of Antarctic ecosystems.