The GBIF Secretariat has launched the inaugural GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge, an open incentive competition that seeks to encourage innovative uses of the more than half a billion species occurrences and other data mobilized through and related to GBIF’s international network.
An expert jury judged entries on their innovation, functionality and applicability to researchers, policymakers, educators, students and citizens, before selecting the winners for 2015. The jury awarded first prize to a Belgium-based trio known as Datafable for “GBIF dataset metrics”, a browser extension that provides at-a-glance insights about datasets available through GBIF.org. Biologist Richard Pyle earned the second prize for BioGUID.org, a web service that crosslinks identifiers linked to data objects in the biodiversity realm.
The Challenge extends the legacy of the Ebbe Nielsen Prize established by the GBIF Governing Board to honour the memory of Dr Ebbe Schmidt Nielsen, one of the founders of GBIF and an inspirational leader in the fields of biosystematics and biodiversity informatics.