Record, share and explore data
To serve as a national centre that collects and manages data on Ireland’s biodiversity, to document Ireland’s wildlife resource and to track how it is changing over time.
On a daily basis the National Biodiversity Data Centre provides users, including casual recorders and partner organisations, a facility to submit sightings of Ireland’s wildlife. The data generated is securely stored within the National Biodiversity Database and can be viewed by using the Centre’s data portal Biodiversity Maps. Below is a brief summary of the benefits that derive from the provision of these services in the context of recording biodiversity, sharing biological data and providing a platform to be able to explore that data.
A Connected Recording Community
Everyone has a role to play in helping to better understand what biodiversity we have in Ireland and to figure out how it is changing. The National Biodiversity Data Centre provides a platform for all stakeholders within the conservation and biological recording community to contribute towards answering these questions in collective and collaborative effort. For example, Ireland’s Citizen Science Portal, developed and maintained by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, provides a means for all citizens to explore Ireland’s biological recording activity in a scientific, geographical and social manner, and also provides a platform for casual recorders and partner organisations alike for directly submitting wildlife sightings made in Ireland.
A Shared Service for All
The National Biodiversity Data Centre is a public investment worth utilizing by all for the betterment of Ireland’s biodiversity and our knowledge and understanding of it. The bioinformatics infrastructure which underpins the operation of the Centre is fully available for partner organisations and community groups for data collection and data management activities by way of shared-services. Data publishers and partners that avail of the Centre’s shared-services are assured that any data or information managed by the National Biodiversity Data Centre on their behalf adheres to the highest standards and level of security. Data publishers have the option of maintaining full control of who has access to their data or making their data open to all, and daily, weekly, monthly and yearly back-ups of all data holdings provide maximum security for data contained within the National Biodiversity Database.
Sharing biological data is central to our national and collective effort to learn about and understand Ireland’s biodiversity and it is critical to all decision-making about nature and the environment. Information on Ireland’s wildlife that is openly shared via the National Biodiversity Data Centre can help to support research, education, conservation and policy formation, to name just a few applications.
A Window of Insight into Ireland’s Biodiversity
The National Biodiversity Data Centre offers the digitisation, management and display services provided by Biodiversity Maps as a shared service to data publishers, so that data from all sources can be compiled, stored and displayed to build up a comprehensive picture of the distribution of species across the island of Ireland and its marine waters. By so doing, Biodiversity Maps serves as the ‘go to’ source for up to date information on Ireland’s biodiversity to be used by interested individuals, landowners, land managers, environmental professionals, researchers and decision-makers. The overall objective of developing Biodiversity Maps is to build the knowledge base on Ireland’s biological diversity and to provide an online facility to aid in its conservation.