2022 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge

The 2022 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge has opened with the aim of recognising innovative entries that leverage biodiversity data and tools from the GBIF network to advance open science. An expert jury will judge entries on their openness and repeatability, relevance and novelty and present a selected pool of winners with a total of up to €20,000 in prizes.

Before the deadline of 14 August 2022, individuals and teams can prepare tools and techniques that improve the access, usefulness and quality of open biodiversity data and submit them to this annual open-ended incentive competition.

Challenge entries can take any number of forms, as entrants may choose to develop new applications, visualisations, methods, workflows or analyses, often (but not always) making use of the GBIF API to access data. Entries may also build on or extend the capabilities of existing tools and features available across the GBIF network. Entrants are encouraged to review previous winners as well as previous winning entries for ideas, problems or approaches.

Entries should benefit multiple stakeholder groups, including data users, data holders and data managers. Entrants may also wish to review the GBIF Communications Strategy to see how GBIF characterises its audiences.

Winners will be announced in October 2022 at the 29th GBIF Governing Board meeting in Brussels.

Full details and entry forms can be found on the GBIF website.

The Challenge honours the memory of Dr Ebbe Schmidt Nielsen, an inspirational leader in the fields of biosystematics and biodiversity informatics and a principal founder of GBIF, who died unexpectedly just before it came into being.

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