Ensure seamless discoverability of data through globally unique identifiers exposed to individual and federated search engines, including artificial intelligence, from each participating infrastructure and across data domains.
Harmonise the existing standards, metadata, policies and technologies to develop new ones (where necessary), in order to provide and ingest FAIR data, thereby ensuring standard-aligned interlinking.
Provide, facilitate, support and scale up open access to FAIR interlinked data, liberated from literature, natural history collections, sequence archives and taxonomic nomenclators in both human-readable and machine-actionable formats.
Optimise the reusability and reproducibility of complex datasets, assembled together from different biodiversity-related domains and their supporting infrastructures, for the generation of novel research hypotheses and new knowledge.
Interlinked corpora of knowledge, tools and services used by research groups in biodiversity science and related areas.
Automated text and data mining workflows for extraction, XML and RDF conversion, semantic enrichment , management, dissemination, and re-use of high quality data linked to legacy literature.
A central tool for search, discovery and management of interlinked FAIR data across different domains.
Semantics-based authoring tool to be integrated via JATS XML and API within journal production workflows, thereby benefiting the field of biodiversity, but also remaining available for adoption by other communities.
A central, one-stop portal, providing access to the BiCIKL services, tools and workflows, beyond the lifetime of the project.
The Networking Activities (NA) pillar coordinates and optimises the integration and harmonised access between RIs and their respective data classes, and also engages stakeholders, improves capacity through training, communicates and disseminates the project access tools and services. The NA pillar is led by Partner 2: Naturalis and will consist of Work packages 1-3.
The Transnational & Virtual Access (TA/VA) will test, promote and provide the BiCIKL linked data services and tools, while encouraging their use by researchers through open call projects. The pillar will be led by Partner 5b: ELIXIR Hub and comprises Work packages 4 and 5.read more
The Joint Research Activities (JRA) will technically implement the requirements set by the Networking Activities pillar for (i) sharing, (ii) linking and (iii) providing FAIR data between the participating Research Infrastructures and to researchers. The provision of access to FAIR data will operate at each participating infrastructure and through a central discovery mechanism, the Fair Data Place (FDP). JRA consists of work packages 6-8, 10 and 11.
Within Work Package 1, the partners will review user requirements and produce policies for aligned data sharing and linking, as well as best practices, standards and guidelines for access procedures and APIs. By adopting and implementing those at institutional level, the research infrastructures and the scientific community will be granted access tools and services at all stages of the data cycle, from data generation to analysis and final use.
Work Package 7 will create a persistent identifier registration, discovery, resolution and indexing service so that the data related to the specimens and samples can be unambiguously retrieved, re-used, linked, published and cited. WP7 will also leverage the current knowledge on persistent identifier implementation with the partnering and other RIs, including Wikidata, to ensure FAIR data can be used in a widely-adopted, inter-disciplinary and flexible way, easily adjustable to various user needs.
Work Package 2 will identify, align and merge various access modes and linking mechanisms currently undertaken in isolation at different RIs, thus ensuring their sustainability and coherence. Together, all will result in the identification of the elements of the BKH which will be implemented in WP3. Once the working model is defined, a comprehensive training programme will ensure capacity building that addresses the needs of the community.
Work Package 8 will establish the foundation for connecting sequences, collections, taxonomy and literature through at-scale curation and organisation of molecular biology data and services. This key objective will be achieved through the development of user tools and workflows that drive accurate reporting of source annotations into molecular biology databases at the time of deposition, while facilitating data update cycles in case of inaccuracies.
Work Package 3 will establish and maintain an active dialogue between the participating RIs and other stakeholders (researchers, libraries, publishers, digitization technology providers, digital repositories, research institutions and public authorities) through a modern, multi-functional, communication, publishing and dissemination platform and relevant activities. A series of expert workshops and sessions will be organised to engage data providers, as well as users of the derived services.
Work Package 9 will ensure that BiCIKL adheres to the Horizon 2020 ETHICS recommendations and guidelines with a focus on the ethical principles and applicable legal requirements regarding the fundamental rights of privacy and protection of personal data (POPD), which will be followed by the data controller and data processors during all research, coordination, communication and networking activities, conducted by the project.
Work Package 4 will be focusing on services that support efficient integration of diverse data sets across data domains to meet the needs of user groups of named scientists, who will apply for provision of specific services via open call projects, which will require special efforts at the RI side. TA will encourage provision of services to user groups from countries different from the host country of the RI installation which will be provided through remote trans-national access.
Work Package 10 focuses on FAIR improvements to all stages within the process to harvest, aggregate and curate taxonomic information from publications and genomic research, in order to accelerate standardised access to streams of new or digitised Linnean or MOTU (Molecular Operational Taxonomic Unit) classifications and treatments. All of these will be mapped in a consolidated Catalogue of Life to enable expert community curation of the derived products and encapsulate those in services and visualisations that support the infrastructures of all BiCIKL partners and other users.
Work Package 5 aligns with the basic Open Science concept of the BiCIKL community, namely harmonised access to biodiversity data that are Open, FAIR and Linked, thereby only requiring user identification for registration/login purposes, where needed. Provision of greater and more flexible VA will exploit the existing services and especially those improved or newly developed in JRA.
Work Package 11 builds on the critical importance of converging standards and processes of data linking across different RIs, in order for digital records to achieve their full scientific potential whenever they fall in different data classes . WP11 will bring BiCIKL partnering and collaborating RIs’ assets together, using novel technologies for discovery, validation, and preservation of bi- and multi-directional links within a central FAIR Data Place (FDP) service.
Work Package 6 will develop novel technologies and workflows to more rapidly extract, expose and interlink information in the published literature not only after, but also during publication. This will be achieved by leveraging the use of identifiers and bi-directional linking of FAIRified biodiversity data between literature and RIs, and improving and extending automated workflows for RDF-conversion of published content into a biodiversity knowledge graph.
Work Package 12 is designated as an ongoing activity over the full duration of the project. It aims to provide the methods, tools and infrastructure necessary to ensure the successful management and execution of the project. WP12 also facilitates internal communication and collaboration and gears the team towards the fulfillment of the project objectives and contractual commitments.