Part of the NBN Conference 2016 will involve a series of workshops relating to the NBN Working Groups, which have been established to help deliver activities from the NBN Action Plan 2016 – 2020.

The five workshops are as follows:

1. Quality control & verification – lead Tom Hunt (ALERC)

Workshop aim:

To review current status and establish achievable actions for the short, medium and long term.

Download the summary notes from this workshop

2. Captivating & engaging people – lead Graham Walley (NFBR)

Workshop aim:

To come up with priorities to increase engagement with biological recording through better Network collaboration and communication and promote that unified Network to the world.

It will assess what the unified Network needs to have to attract new members and to promote the need for biological recorders to the general population.

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3. Improving biological data flows – lead Dan Lear, Marine Biological Association

Workshop aim:

To develop an assessment criteria to analyse the current data flows within the Network, to identify where the current blockages are occurring and which stages of the data flow pathway are working efficiently.

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4. Increasing use of our data – lead Andy Webb, Natural England

Workshop aim:

To undertake an assessment of the current uses of data that are accessed via the NBN Gateway, and highlight gaps where data could be made more readily available and increase its use.

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5. Biological recording online – lead Martin Harvey, Biological Records Centre

Workshop aim:

To capture people’s experience of what currently works well and what doesn’t, and to identify positive steps that would benefit the future development of online recording.

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Booking onto a workshop

You can book onto a workshop when you complete the registration process.  You will have the opportunity to give a first and second choice when doing so.  Numbers will be restricted by workshop and your second choice may be the workshop that you attend.


The programme for the workshops is as follows:

Thursday 17th November 2016

14.00   Discussion workshops

Introduction to workshops 

  1. Quality control & verification 
  2. Captivating & engaging people 
  3. Improving biological data flows 
  4. Increasing use of our data 
  5. Biological recording online

14.15 – 15.15 Workshops   

Five parallel sessions                                       

15.15 – 15.45 Coffee / tea break      

15.45 – 16.30 Feedback from workshops   

Feedback in the main auditorium by workshop leads                           

16:30 – 17.00 Discussion

Panel discussion