Diversify the data available through the NBN.

Why? Taxonomic and geographic gaps affect potential applications. Data holdings lack diversity and limited data are easily available about habitats and ecosystems, images and other data types. Large quantities of legacy and historic data are still to be digitised.

The NBN will Priority Time-scale Priority for 2016-2017
1. Build platforms for sharing of data types beyond species and habitat data (e.g., to integrate data from Earth Observation, genetic sequencing and eDNA) Moderate Ongoing Working Group 5: Increasing use of our data

Atlas implementation workstream

2. Develop and implement a programme of work to capture ecosystem and habitat data High One-off Atlas implementation workstream
3. Develop a UK strategy for mobilising historic survey data and secure resources for historic data digitisation and mobilisation (including crowdsourcing data capture). This includes development and promotion of online citizen data capture systems to support volunteers in the digitisation of historic datasets Moderate Ongoing Working Group 2: Mobilising historic data
4. Develop strategy for tackling recording bias, search effort and certainty of ID. Promote value of negative records and increase negative record data holdings Mission Critical Ongoing Working Group 5: Increasing use of our data
5. Expand the network of NBN data providers Mission Critical Ongoing
6. Create regional and national sensitive species lists High One-off with review Atlas implementation workstream
7. Target taxonomic and geographic gaps in NBN data to increase overall coverage in UK (including keystone taxa for ecosystem services and ecosystem data for natural capital assessments) Mission Critical Ongoing


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