The ambitious goal to monitor biodiversity globally is a huge challenge and requires innovative solutions. Essential Biodiversity Variables are an approach chosen by GEO BON to measure changes of biodiversity a global scale.
GLOBIS-B is an EU Horizon 2020 funded project to bring together scientists with global research infrastructure operators and legal interoperability experts to address the research needs and infrastructure services required to calculate Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs).
Besides the many technical challenges of sharing data at global scale, legal issues of data sharing play a decisive role. The lightning talk by the Plazi members Willi Egloff and Donat Agosti presented at the GLOBIS-B workshop in Leipzig (February 29, 2016) provides an overview of the legal issues and how they are addressed in related initiatives GEOSS, EU BON and RDA/CODATA. They conclude with the following proposed principles: