Scripting Life: the science behind ViBRANT

Date: 
20/01/2011

Registration

Associated EDIT meeting

Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, Paris, France

Conference Overview

This two-day conference is the kick-off meeting for ViBRANT – an EU infrastructures project supporting the development of virtual research communities engaged in biodiversity science. Registrants will include taxonomists, computer scientists, ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and representatives of government agencies, in addition to scientists from the 17 ViBRANT partners. Day one will cover the major thematic components and philosophy of the ViBRANT project. Day two consists of a series of lightning talks outlining the partners contributions to ViBRANT’s eight workpackages.

About ViBRANT

Data are one of the primary outputs of biodiversity research. ViBRANT’s goal is to provide a more integrated and effective framework for managing this data on the Web via i) a virtual research environment (Scratchpads) where users can safely store, share and manage their research information; ii) analytical services for users to build identification keys and phylogenetic trees; iii) a publication platform for users to automatically compile biodiversity science manuscripts from their research database; iv) a portal for users to centrally access publicly accessible biodiversity research information and literature; v) training, helping research communities to use these tools and services; and 6) a standards compliant technical architecture that can be sustained by the biodiversity research community. For more information, visit the ViBRANT website (http://vbrant.eu) where you can get involved by starting a Scratchpad, getting training, access data, or helping us to develop the software.

Venue & Directions

The meeting is to be held at the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, Paris, France and is scheduled to take place after the final EDIT conference that runs between 17-19th January.   A list of local hotels and directions to get to the Museum are available from the EDIT conference site.  You are strongly advised to register early and book both your hotel and travel as early as possible.  This is particularly important if you are planning to attend both meetings.

Registration

A registration desk is situated at the entrance to the lecture theatre and will be staffed during the registration period of 9.00-9.30 on Thursday 20th January and during coffee breaks on the 20th and 21st. All delegates and speakers must report to the registration desks to collect their badges to gain access to the lecture theatre. Speakers MUST deposit their slide presentations as powerpoint or PDF documents with the conference organisers at this time.

Lightning talks

ViBRANT’s lightning talks are short presentations limited to 5 minutes and a maximum of 5 slides. Each partner receiving funds will give a lightening talk covering their contribution to ViBRANT, supplementing the ten-minute workpackage presentations on day two. Presentations should highlight the participants’ objectives, user-base and integration activities. Speakers should focus on the most salient aspects their work and be available to address audience invited questions as part of the ten-minute general discussion scheduled for the end of each workpakage session.

Presentations

The high volume of speakers on day two means that all presentations (WITHOUT EXCEPTION) must be submitted during conference registration. These presentations will be grouped in to a single Powerpoint presentation for each workpackage. Lightening talk speakers during day two are strongly encouraged to use the Powerpoint template below:

This outlines key themes that we expect project participants to cover during their presentation. A time limit of 5 minutes per lightening talk will be strictly enforced so we strongly recommend a maximum of 5 slides per presentation.

Workpackage leaders may also use this template as the basis for their longer (10 munite) presentations but are recommended to include more slides since they have greater scope for variation. Suggested topics for workpackage leaders include an overview of workpackage activities, sustainability, specific risks associated with the workpackage and how workpackage activities can be linked within ViBRANT and the wider landscape of European and international biodiversity informatics projects.

Each workpackage session concludes with a 10 minute question and answer session to facilitate a dialoge between the workpackage participants and the remaining audience. Workpackage leaders might like to prepare discussion points relavent to their workpackage in advance of their session. 

Catering and refreshment

Tea and coffee will be available during mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshment breaks in the cafe above the Auditorium. The lunch will be in the Museum Canteen.

Funding

There is no conference registration fee.  Partners in ViBRANT have been allocated funding for this meeting directly.  No further funding is available from the organisers.

Language

The official conference language is English. There will be no simultaneous translation.

Internet Access

Internet access at the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution will be available at the podium for speakers and we hope to have WiF access for the delegates.

FINAL PROGRAMME


Thursday, 20 January 2011

 

9.00

Conference registration including powerpoint / PDF slide submission

 

9.30

Welcome and logistics

Dave Roberts, Project manager

9.40

ViBRANT Project Overview

Vince Smith, ViBRANT Coordinator

10.10

The Path to Enlightened Solutions for Biodiversity's Dark Data

Bryan Heidorn, Director of the School of Information Resources and Library Science at University of Arizona

11.00

COFFEE BREAK

Cafe above the Auditorium

11.30

Biodiversity informatics: why aren't we there yet?

Rod Page, University of Glasgow 

12.20

Lessons learnt from EDIT - linking taxonomy and conservation

Christoph Häuser, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin 

12.50

LUNCH BREAK

Museum Canteen

14.00

Biodiversity Literature for the 21st Century

Donat Agosti, ViBRANT Strategic Board member, Plazi President and American Museum of Natural History, New York. 

14.30

Biodiversity Heritage Library: Process & Progress

Phil Cryer, Biodiversity Heritage Library

15.00

Sociological tips for successful infrastructures

Christine Hine, University of Surrey, UK.

15.30

COFFEE BREAK

Cafe above the Auditorium

16.00

Participation, Publication, Persistence & Platforms

Gregor Hagedorn, ViBRANT Strategic Board member & Scientist at the Julius Kühn Institute

16.30

Setting the Scene for ViBRANT – Strategy, Philosophy and Communication

Vince Smith, ViBRANT Coordinator and Dave Roberts, Project manager

17.00

END OF FIRST DAY

 


Friday, 21 January 2011

 

9.00

An introduction to lightning talks – setting the scene for the day

Vince Smith

 

ViBRANT PROJECT MANAGEMENT

9:10

WP1: Overview (Management, record keeping, auditing, reporting, accounting, money, timesheets, delivering deliverables and logistics)

Gemma Maldar

9:20

ViBRANT management arrangements

Dave Roberts

9:25

ViBRANT Strategic board

Vince Smith

9:30

WP1 general discussion and questions

Facilitated by Gemma Maldar

 

ViBRANT NETWORKING ACTIVITES

9:40

WP3 Overview (Training and Sociology)

Thierry Backeljau, WP3 Leader

9:50

Training Programme

Isabella Van de Velde

9:55

NHM training and support integration

Irina Brake

10:00

Users communities and user requirements: moving (biodiversity information) from desk to desktop

Peter van den Besselaar and / or Daphne Duin

10:05

Identification tools and user engagement in KeyToNature

Pier Lugi Nimis

10:10

WP3 general discussion and questions

Facilitated by Thierry Backeljau

10:20

COFFEE BREAK

10:50

WP4 Overview (Standards)

Olaf Banki, WP4 leader

11:00

GBIF Controlled Vocabularies

Dave Remsen

11:05

Facilitating Vocabulary Building

Gregor Hagedorn

11:10

Linking standards

Walter Berendsohn

11:15

WP4 general discussion and questions

Facilitated by Olaf Banki

11:25

WP8 Overview (Mobalisation)

Christos Arvanitidis, WP8 leader

11:35

GBIF nodes and data enhancement activities

Dave Remsen

11:40

ViBRANT Data visualisation (Including mobile apps):

Javier de la Torre

11:45

Terrestrial data logging

Alexander Kroupa

11:50

Citizen science activities

Christos Arvanitidis

11:55

WP8 general discussion and questions

Facilitated by Christos Arvanitidis

 

ViBRANT SERVICE ACTIVITES

 

12:05

WP5 Overview (Data services)

Neil Caithness, WP5 leader

12:15

Distributed phylogenetic services

Milo Thurston

12:20

Identification keys

Régine Vignes-Lebbe

12:25

Ontologies for description, classification and identification processes

Noël Conruyt

12:30

Descriptive data supporting keys – SDD

Gregor Hagedorn

12:35

Mobile phone apps monitoring biodiversity

Javier de la Torre

12:40

Biodiversity indices

Javier de la Torre

12:45

WP5 general discussion and questions

Facilitated by Neil Caithness

12:50

LUNCH

Museum Canteen

13:50

WP6 Overview: From prototypes to industry standards: Markup, semantic enhancements and automated dissemination of content from the viewpoint of a biodiversity publisher

Lyubo Penev, WP6 leader

14:00

Gathering data for publications

Ben Scott

14:05

XML-based editorial workflow, or how to extract more value from the same source?

Teodor Georgiev

14:10

WP6 general discussion and questions

Facilitated by Lyubo Penev

 

ViBRANT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

14:20

WP7 Overview (Biodiversity literature)

David Morse, WP7 leader

14:30

Content Markup / Plazi

Guido Sautter

14:35

INOTAXA markup and its relations to ViBRANT

Chris Lyal

14:40

XML markup in prospective publishing, or how to be at the same time innovative and cost efficient?

Teodor Georgiev

14:45

Semantic data mining of literature

Dave King

14:50

WP7 general discussion and questions

Facilitated by David Morse

15:00

COFFEE BREAK

Cafe above the Auditorium

15:30

WP2 Overview (Technical architecture)

Simon Rycroft, WP2 leader

15:40

Search portal

Walter Berendsohn

15:45

Scratchpad module architecture and integration

Simon Rycroft

15:50

WP2 general discussion and questions

Facilitated by Simon Rycroft

16:00

Discussion on workpackage activity integration through the Scratchpads

Facilitated by Dave Roberts

16:30

Nothing can possbily go wrong – Risk Analysis discussion

Facilitated by Gemma Maldar & Vince Smith 

17:00

MEETING CLOSE

 

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