The 2016 GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge, which will focus on on understanding, examining
and addressing gaps and biases in open-access biodiversity data from the GBIF network, is officially open for submissions.
Individuals and teams now have two months to develop innovative submissions and vie for more than €30,000 in prizes from this incentive competition. Closing date for submissions is 29 September 2016. GBIF will announce first- and second-prize winners—who will receive €20,000 and €5,000, respectively—at its annual Governing Board meeting in Brasília on 26 October 2016.
Targeting geographic, taxonomic, temporal, environmental and other gaps and biases in the available data is one of five priorities outlined in the GBIF 2017-2021 strategic plan, so any entry has the potential to help improve data ‘fitness for use’ in scientific research and policy. The emphasis on gaps and biases also builds on a growing body of scientific research that explores the topic.