June 13, 2014

What is the possible impact of the Bouchout Declaration?

During the final event of the pro-iBiosphere project a panel of representatives of the biodiversity community discussed the potential impact of the Declaration.

Panel on the impact of the Declaration. Left to right: Wouter Los, Rob Guralnik, Chuck Miller, Roger Hyam, Karol Marhold, and Donat Agosti

During the final event of the pro-iBiosphere project a panel of representatives of the biodiversity community discussed the potential impact of the Declaration. The panelist included Wouter Los (University of Amsterdam); Robert Guralnick (University of Boulder and VertNet); Chuck Miller (Missouri Botanical Garden); Roger Hyam (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) and Karol Marhold (Institute of Botany Bratislava). The following topics have been addressed, including input from the audience.


What is the Bouchout Declaration?

 

  • An enabling mechanism for international cooperation and collaborations
  • A signal from the community that we want to provide access and contribute to the growing knowledge sphere.
  • A basis as an educator regarding new possibilities for open access and finding data and to foster respective dabates

    

What will be the impact of the Declaration

 

  • Changes in social norms
  • Role model for getting a community together, implement Open Access
  • The BD as initiator of internal discussions on Open Access, data sharing
  • Open access as an evolutionary process: knowledge becomes an asset
  • Easy shopping
  • Usage metrics of biodiversity data

 

The next steps

 

  • From principles to action (e.g. implementation of identifiers; commitments of the institutions
  • Optimize the impact through outreach and involvement of the community
  • Coordinate with other related initiatives
  • Loose agile governance
  • Develop metrics on implementation of the principles
  • Prepare FAQ and if necessary specific documents dealing with
  • General Open Access: Business plans for future publishing and data sharing
  • Copyright needs to be properly explained
  • Costs versus attribution
  • New publishing models that suit our community
  • Implementation manuals (s) of identifiers