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Well deserved, GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge to Belgium-based Datafable team for “GBIF dataset metrics”

12 / 10 / 2015, GBIF

At the yearly GBIF Governing Board meeting, this year in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, an expert jury has awarded the first prize in the inaugural GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge to a Belgium-based trio known as Datafable for “GBIF dataset metrics”, a browser extension that provides at-a-glance insights about datasets available through GBIF.org.

Biologist Richard Pyle earned the second prize for BioGUID.org, a web service that crosslinks identifiers linked to data objects in the biodiversity realm.

The recipients receiving the first prize are Peter Desmet, Bart Aelterman and Nicolas Noé, whose entry earned the highest marks from among six finalists to capture the € 20,000 prize. Noé, in Madagascar to participate in events surrounding GBIF’s 22nd governing board meeting, accepted the prize from Tanya Abrahamse, one of the Challenge jury members and head of Delegation of South Africa.

Datafable describes its submission as a ‘proof of concept’ that visually enhances dataset pages on GBIF.org. The open-source submission combines a module that calculates and stores key dataset metrics for all GBIF-mediated datasets and a free Google Chrome extension. Once installed, the extension seamlessly informs users about the contents and relative fitness-for-use of any given dataset, by displaying the taxonomy and multimedia of a dataset, as well as stacked bar charts for aspects like geographic and taxonomic accuracy.

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