26 Jun–1 Jul, 2022. 2nd World Biodiversity Forum

Plazi will present its groundbreaking approach to the “liberation” of data from taxonomic treatments within scholarly publications at the World Biodiversity Forum.

Reliable and accessible data is essential for understanding biodiversity, its status, trends and pressures, and thus responding with informed policies and action. The FAIR data management principles to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable, are increasingly referenced and required by funding agencies and institutions; however, implementation remains deficient at many levels. Even when data management claims to be ‘FAIR’, datasets often fall far short of the principles. But FAIR principles alone provide only a partial solution to issues of data ownership and control, most evident in the case of indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) and its relationship with the spirit of open, shared data embodied in the FAIR principles. The recently-developed CARE data governance principles aim to address this imbalance between sharing and control.

Researchers and policy makers thus face the dual challenge of properly applying the FAIR principles, and of bringing CARE principles into the equation. The inclusion of CARE also represents an opportunity to institutionalize and acknowledge the role of ILK in biodiversity research and inspiration of action. The implementation of data management practices properly following both FAIR and CARE principles, will build and increase trust in biodiversity research and action by involving indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) as well as the whole of civil society.

During this session, we will describe the state of the art in data management with regard to FAIR and CARE and, more broadly, Open Science. We will discuss how these can be incorporated at all levels from data collection and analysis to policy and action, and how data which follows these principles, can inspire action for biodiversity. Additionally, the session will aim to generate strategies and proposals for using FAIR and CARE principles to support achievement of the target in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) dealing with availability and application of biodiversity knowledge (Target 20 in the GBF First Draft).