June 30, 2014

More than 200 signatories of the Bouchout Declaration

Within the first three weeks of the launch of the Bouchout Declaration on Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management, the number of signatories reached more than 200. This is an unprecedented sign of the biodiversity community to open up and share their data.

The origin of the first 203 signatories of the Bouchout Declaration

Twenty days after the launch of the Bouchout Declaration on Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management 200 organizations and individuals, including some of the world’s largest natural history institutions, biodiversity IT infrastructures and leading scientists of Open Access, knowledge management and biodiversity signed the declaration. The Bouchout Declaration has been launched on June 12 at the Bouchout Castle in the Botanical Garden Meise, Belgium at the final meeting of the EU FP7 funded pro-iBiosphere project. This support provides a strong signal of the biodiversity community to share their data and make it accessible for the planned European Knowledge space within Horizon 2020.

With their signature, the management of the organizations and individuals encourage an overarching approach to Biodiversity Knowledge Management based on the principles of Open Access, the use of unique stable identifiers for data objects, resolution mechanisms that take users directly to content and data, registries that allow discovering, access and re-use of the data as well as fostering an ongoing dialogue to refine the concept of Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management. Among the signatories are the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Brazilian Virtual Herbarium and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.