FUnctionality Sharing In Open eNvironments
Heinz Nixdorf Chair for Distributed Information Systems

TDWG 2014 Workshop: How to Teach Data Management in Biodiversity Effectively


Birgitta König-Ries
Jitendra Gaikwad
Roman Gerlach


What it is about

In recent years there have been a number of initiatives to provide scientists with proper data management tools for biodiversity data. No matter how sophisticated these tools are, there still seems to be a gap between the technical capabilities of these systems and the scientists’ acceptance and willingness to use these tools. Being aware that this issue needs to be addressed from both sides, with this workshop we would like to focus on the users only.

We would like to bring together practitioners in research data management, experts in capacity building and training, university lecturers, and users to discuss the following questions:


  • What data management skills are required by biologists/ecologists?
  • How much data management should be in the B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD curricula of bio/eco science studies?
  • Do scientists need to know about (meta)data standards?
  • What teaching and training methods are being used?
  • What are your experiences in teaching data management to biology and ecology stduents?
  • How to increase scientists’ motivation to do effective data management?

This workshop is meant to be a discussion forum for people involved or interested in the topic. The aim is to collect first hand experience from the community and synthesize them into a report.

How to participate


If you are interested to actively participate in the workshop, please send a one page statement providing your answer to one, some or all of the questions above by September 25, 2014 to the email provided in the Contact section of this page. Please also submit this via the TDWG abstract submission page.  We will make these available to the participants prior to the workshop as  a common basis for discussion. At the workshop, we will have one introductory talk, a series of very short position statements (we might ask you to provide one of those) and some discussion. In the end, we would like to agree on a roadmap for further work towards a report or a joint web site.



  • Jitendra Gaikwad (Biodiversity Informatics Unit, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany), Dept. of Computer Science)
  • Roman Gerlach (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany), Dept. of Geography)
  • Birgitta König-Ries (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany), Dept. of Computer Science and Biodiversity Informatics Unit, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig)
  • A. Townsend Peterson (Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA)



Jitendra Gaikwad