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2013 Dataversity Workshop

21 and 22 October 2013 (view the programme).

NIWA's Greta Point Campus, 301 Evans Bay Parade, Hataitai, Wellington (map).

$160 plus GST. Registration is closed.


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Work Session Outputs

Preparing for Interoperable Data

The 2013 Dataversity Workshop is a collaboration between NIWA and Dataversity. It is organised by Jochen Schmidt of NIWA, James Lambie of Horizons and Dan Randow of Dataversity.

This workshop will give you two things you can use to improve biodata management in your organisation.

The workshop will focus on the Species Occupancy Data Platform (aka Biodata Services Stack or BSS) that is being developed by a NIWA-led group.

A Shared Biodata Platform

The BSS aims to create a showcase for interoperable biodata. The showcase will aggregate species occupancy data from around New Zealand to provide a core dataset for biodiversity and biosecurity modelling and reporting.

To get started the BSS team needs your input into two key questions.

Working on these questions in the workshop will enable you to directly contribute to a real piece of infrastructure that will be of practical use to your organisation.

Practical Ideas and Tools

Focusing on the BSS will provide tangible problems that will keep the conversations focused on practical solutions.

This will give you a chance to share and gain useful ideas, tools and inspiration. You will be able to apply these things immediately in your organisation, to improve data management, and prepare your organisation to use and contribute data to the BSS.

The workshop will deal with topics like these.


Some programme details are still being finalised. Please check again for final details.

Monday 21 October: The Road to Federated Data

8:30am Registration
9:00am Introduction
  • Introduction to the Workshop: James Lambie, Dataversity Steering Team Chair and Science Coordinator and Ecologist, Horizons Regional Council.
  • Guide to the Day: Dan Randow, Dataversity Facilitator and Chief Wrangler,
  • Introduction to Biodata Services Stack (BSS): Jochen Schmidt, Chief Scientist Environmental Information, NIWA.
9:40am Federated Data Case Studies


10:30am Morning Tea
11:00am Terrestrial Biodiversity Indicators


12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Readiness to Participate in BSS


3:00pm Afternoon Tea
3:30pm Sources of Species Occupancy Data
  • Definition of Species Occupancy Data: Speaker from Landcare Research.
  • Participative process to catalogue the species occupancy datasets that currently exist, in the following taxonomic domains.
    • Terrestrial: Birds, Weeds.
    • Fresh Water: Fish, Macroinvertebrates.
5:00pm Close

Tuesday 22 October: Mobilising Data

9:00am Introduction to the Day
9:15am Use Cases for Federated Data

How specific problems could be solved with federated species occupancy data.

  • Parallel sessions.
  • Reports back, discussion.
10:30am Morning Tea
11:00am Biodata System Current State Assessment

Process using the Biodata Management Guide to assess the readiness of key species occupancy datasets to be shared using BSS, and to plan improvements to those datasets.

12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Biodata System Improvement Plans

Reports on plans to improve management of key datasets in preparation to be shared using BSS.

2:30pm Afternoon Tea
3:00pm Barriers to Data-sharing

Specific problems that need to be solved by BSS before key datasets can be shared.

3:45pm Selection of BSS work-stream members.
4:00pm Close

Thanks to our Sponsors

NIWA Horizons Regional Council Auckland Council Waikato Regional Council
Hawkes Bay Regional Council Bay of Plenty Regional Council Greater Wellington Regional Council Environment Southland