NFDI4Biodiversity Community Workshop: Living Atlas Nature Germany (LAND) – March 30-31, 2023, Leipzig, Germany

Occurrence data from different sources, including citizen science, professional societies and museums, should be visualized together and made tangible - that is the vision behind the Living Atlas of Nature Germany (LAND). In our workshop on March 30 and 31, 2023 in Leipzig, we would like to present the project and invite the community to further develop the atlas together with us.

About the workshop

A key element of the work moving forward in NFDI4Biodiversity is the Living Atlas of Nature of Germany (LAND).

Above all, occurrence data from different sources (e.g. citizen science, professional societies, research institutes, standardized and opportunistic recordings, museum collections, metabarcoding, etc.) will be visualized and experienced together in the atlas.

The aggregation of data in LAND is intended to increase the visibility, availability, and use of individual datasets and data providers within the biodiversity community.

Currently, we use the infrastructure of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) for this purpose and focus on FAIR Data and Open Data as well as data that would like to become so.

Building on our many years of cooperation with many stakeholders, it is important to us to continue the development of the atlas together with the community in a targeted and demand-oriented manner. We would therefore like to invite you to the Community Workshop, where we will first present the current status of the atlas to you and then discuss the next steps together.

Core topics of the workshop will be:

  • Presentation and further development of the Living Atlas of Nature of Germany
  • Cooperation with partners and already existing portals
  • legal and technical issues around FAIR and Open Data, NFDI4Biodiversity and GBIF 
  • Mobilization and digitization of further data sets

The workshop will take place in presence at the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in Leipzig.


Day 1 – Thursday, March 30, 2023

From 11:00
Arrival and registration

Lunch snack & getting to know each other

Introductory lecture: Living Atlas of Nature Germany (LAND) – From feasibility study to practical implementation as a NFDI4Biodiversity Use Case (Aletta Bonn, Anton Güntsch, Birgitta König-Ries & the NFDI4Biodiversity team)

Presentation of the LAND GBIF Hosted Portal (Thore Engel, Jörg Holetschek, Martin Friedrichs-Manthey, Robert Köpke, NFDI4Biodiversity)

Impulse lectures from practice

  • Nationales Monitoring Zentrum für Biodiversität (NMZB) (Andreas Krüss, BfN, requested)
  • Freshwater Information Plattform (Vanessa Bremerich, IGB)
  • The Living Atlas from the perspective of a professional society – data, background and cooperations (Tobias Reiners, DDA)
  • What are the needs of associations and civil society? (Stefan Munzinger, Naturgucker/NABU, requested)
  • What are the needs from the state offices? (Landesamt, requested)

Coffee and tea break

15 Uhr
Workshop Sessions: Weiterentwicklung LAND GBIF Hosted Portal 1

  1. Which data quality mechanisms can be developed together? (Birgitta König-Ries, Anton Güntsch)
    How can data quality (e.g. correct taxa) be checked and displayed? How can data be enriched (e.g. landscape structure, weather data, ....)?
  2. How can data holders get involved? (Mark Frenzel, Aletta Bonn)
    How can data mobilization be designed? What incentives can there be?
  3. How can the portal be configured? (Thore Engel, Jörg Holetschek, Robert Köpke)
    Which filters? Which columns? Which additional concrete contents, i.e. pages, are desired? What are the visualization potentials (Datastory)?


Summary from the workshops

Keynote speach on legal aspects
(Barbara Ebert, GFBio e.V., Deputy Spokesperson NFDI4Biodiversity) 

Joint dinner 

Day 2 – Friday, March 31, 2023

Summary of day 1 & introduction to day 2

Impulse lectures

  • Red List Centre Portals (Steffen Caspari, Rote-Liste-Zentrum, requested)
  • Visualization of data in the Living Atlas (Robert Köpke, Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde (IFL))

Workshop session: Mobilization and digitization of data

Data standards and publication (Jörg Holetschek, Martin Friedrichs-Manthey)
Q & A on concrete data connection for interested parties: Which data are eligible? Requirements? Steps? Use of BioCASe and ABCD?

Data rights and licenses/visibility (Thore Engel, Anton Güntsch)
What are the needs for data rights? How can data from state offices and national parks be connected and integrated (e.g. BioCASe installation)? How can professional societies get involved? How can previously undigitized or insufficiently digitized data be mobilized? What can different stakeholders contribute?

From data to map in the Living Atlas (Robert Köpke, Jana Moser)
What information do users need? Which potentials of datastories can we exploit? How do we visualize data uncertainties in maps? What further developments do we need?

Coffee and tea break

Workshop session: Perspectives beyond GBIF
What other content and functions are needed? How can the community be made even more visible? What collaboration formats are desired? What visualization is desired? What are the goals by the NFDI4Biodiversity Midterm Review in September 2023, by September 2025, by 2030?

Summary of workshops and outlook

Joint lunch ans farewell


The workshop is open to all interested parties.

Click here to register.

Please note that you will not receive a confirmation email after completing the registration.

For participants who are not employed at universities or research institutes, e.g. experts from professional societies or associations with a voluntary background, travel and accommodation costs may be covered by NFDI4Biodiversity upon request. Please contact Thore Engel und Martin Friedrichs-Manthey for more info.

Orga team & contact info

Aletta Bonn (iDiv)
Thore Engel (iDiv)
Martin Friedrichs-Manthey (iDiv)
Anton Güntsch (Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin)
Jörg Holetschek (Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin)
Birgitta König-Ries (Friedrich Schiller University of Jena)
Robert Köpke (Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, IfL)

For questions concerning the workshop programme or the registration process please contact Thore Engel und Martin Friedrichs-Manthey.