What we do

In our partner network, we work to make diverse and high-quality biodiversity data available. Data is provided by research organisations, public authorities, professional societies and citizen science initiatives.

Work programme

Our work programme for the first funding phase until 2025 comprises five task areas. Task areas 1-4 have a technical-operational focus and include, for example, planning for community engagement and international networking. Task Area 5 covers the organisational requirements and also ensures that what has been developed in NFDI4Biodiversity is available beyond the end of the project. The following description provides an overview of the respective responsibilities and the interaction between them. A detailed description of the work areas can be found in our project proposal (link to "Publications").


Community Engagement (TA1, 2involve)

On behalf of data producers, we ensure that their data is easy to find, accessible, reusable and interconnectable. Data curated by us is therefore more visible. An already well-established helpdesk, which is run by the GFBio Association and the affiliated data centres, takes care of data submissions from researchers and research associations. In our use case projects further larger data collections are being connected to the common infrastructure.

(Inter-)National Networking (TA2, 2connect)

We want to develop well-connected resources compliant with international standards. Therefore, our partners engage in the NFDI and important international initiatives.

Sustainable data, tools and services (TA3, 2consolidate)

We screen and evaluate software solutions that facilitate day-to-day data work. With our resource providers we strive to make tried-and-tested applications available to a wider user community.

Integrate, explore and use data (TA4, 4all&4future)

We are creating a technical framework to work with data collaboratively and across institutional boundaries on a service platform provided by us. Data from the connected data centres can currently be accessed via the GFBio portal. Starting in 2022, we will bring these and other services to the cloud to enable new and faster applications.

Collaboration and Sustainability (TA5, Coordination)

NFDI4Biodiversity is a large-scale project. Our coordination ensures good interaction between all actors and committees in the project and with the professional community. Step by step, a concept is being developed to be able to jointly offer services for research and practice beyond the end of the project.

Use Case Projects

Developing solutions collaboratively: Our use cases are representative for resources and needs in the biodiversity community and help us to develop a sustainable, user-oriented data infrastructure.

Diversity of crops

Gene bank improves seed information: Information on the properties of many thousands of varieties of barley, wheat and beans is combined with environmental data to create a comprehensive repository for agricultural needs.

Atlas of fish species

Increase accessibility: A comprehensive database on fish species in Germany and Austria can be presented and used more attractively by combining it with new software tools.


The sustainability of our project results is important to us. Through our affiliated associations, we organise joint responsibility for tools, services and workflows.

German Federation for Biological Data

GFBio is dedicated to building and operating solutions for data management in the biological sciences and is the coordinating partner of NFDI4Biodiversity.

National Research Data Infrastructure

NFDI organises a is nationwide collaborative network for the joint use of data and software across scientific domains.


We regularly publish information on our work and present results.

  • Year: 2021
    Type: Artikel

    NFDI4BioDiversity ist ein Konsortium innerhalb der Nationalen Forschungsdateninfrastruktur (NFDI) mit einem Schwerpunkt auf Services für die Biodiversitätsforschung und Ökologie. Unzählige Studien belegen den Rückgang der Biodiversität auf unserem Planeten. Drängende Fragen in diesem Zusammenhang sind unter anderem welche Auswirkungen der Rückgang der Biodiversität auf die betroffenen Ökosysteme hat und welche (anthropogenen) Einflüsse die Biodiversität reduzieren oder fördern. Um die komplexen Zusammenhänge zu verstehen und daraus Handlungsempfehlungen abzuleiten, werden vielfältige, qualitätsgesicherte und FAIRe[1] Daten benötigt. Diese umfassen das Vorkommen von Pflanzen, Tieren und Mikroorganismen, einschließlich ihrer genotypischen, phänotypischen und funktionalen Vielfalt, sowie deren Zusammenspiel in Populationen und Ökosystemen. In NFDI4BioDiversity haben sich 49 Partner aus Wissenschaft, Behörden und Bürgerwissenschaften zusammengeschlossen, um die Mobilisierung und Publikation vorhandener Daten voranzutreiben, effiziente Workflows zu entwickeln und Tools und Services zur Unterstützung von Analysen bereitzustellen.

    Weber, Judith; Ebert, Barbara; Diepenbroek, Michael; Kostadinov, Ivaylo und Glöckner, Frank Oliver (2021): NFDI4BioDiversity – NFDI-Konsortium für Biodiversitäts-, Ökologische Und Umweltdaten. Bausteine Forschungsdatenmanagement, Nr. 2 (Juli). German: 98-109. DOI: 10.17192/BFDM.2021.2.8334

  • Year: 2021
    Type: Bericht

    This report outlines the results of a strategy workshop on cross-cutting topics of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). The workshop took place on 26 August 2020. The participants were the nine consortia from the first of three funding rounds for NFDI and the NFDI Directorate.

    The report captures 16 cross-cutting topics upon the workshop participants agreed to be most relevant. In particular, the report shows for each cross-cutting topic: consortia’s intended participation as well as willingness to take a coordination role, expected additional financial requirements, and to which degree further specification is needed.

    The results confirm the importance of the cross-cutting topics for NFDI. They can be seen as a preliminary basis for the further addressing of cross-cutting topics in NFDI’s planned inter-consortial sections and working groups, that will also include the consortia of funding rounds two and three.

    Ebert, Barbara; Fluck, Juliane; Glöckner, Frank Oliver; Koepler, Oliver, Miller, Bernhard, Schmitt, Robert, Schrade, Torsten, Stegle, Oliver, Steinbeck, Christoph, von Suchodoletz, Dirk, Wagemann, Kurt, Knebes, Jennifer, Kraft, Sophie, Seitz-Moskaliuk, Hendrik, Sure-Vetter, York, & Wössner, Elena. (2021). NFDI Cross-cutting Topics Workshop Report. Zenodo, 14 p.. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4593770

  • Year: 2021
    Type: Artikel

    Knowledge derived from nucleotide sequence data is increasing in importance in the life sciences, as well as decision making (mainly in biodiversity policy). Metadata standards have been established to facilitate sustainable sequence data management according to the FAIR principles (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, Reusability). Here, we review the status of metadata available for raw read Illumina amplicon and whole genome shotgun sequencing data derived from ecological metagenomic material that are accessible at the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA), as well as the compliance of the primary sequence data (fastq files) with data submission requirements. While overall basic metadata, such as geographic coordinates, were retrievable in 98% of the cases for this type of sequence data, interoperability was not always ensured and other (mainly conditionally) mandatory parameters were often not provided at all. Metadata standards, such as the ‘Minimum Information about any(x) Sequence (MIxS)’, were only infrequently used despite a demonstrated positive impact on metadata quality. Furthermore, the sequence data itself did not meet the prescribed requirements in 31 out of 39 studies that were manually inspected. To tackle the most immediate needs to improve FAIR sequence data management, we provide a list of minimal suggestions to researchers, research institutions, funding agencies, reviewers, publishers, and databases, that we believe might have a potentially large positive impact on sequence data and metadata FAIRness, which is crucial for further research and its derived applications.

    Hassenrück, Christiane; Poprick, Tobias; Helfer, Véronique; Molari, Massimiliano; Meyer, Raissa; Kostadinov, Ivaylo (2021): FAIR enough? A perspective on the status of nucleotide sequence data and metadata on public archives. 24 p; BioRxiv 2021.09.23.461561; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.09.23.461561

  • Year: 2020
    Type: Projektantrag

    Biodiversity is more than just the diversity of living species. It includes genetic and phenotypic diversity of organisms, functional diversity, interactions and the diversity of populations and whole ecosystems. The recent Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report confirmed that our planet experiences a rapid loss of biodiversity with dramatic consequences for mankind. Answers to scientifically and societal relevant questions can only be found based on the availability of data integrated from multiple sources and building on different knowledge domains in science and society. The FAIR data principles provide a framework towards such integration. To foster access to interoperable data, NFDI4BioDiversity focuses on the following six objectives: 1) Promoting research data management as an integral part of biodiversity research, 2) Enabling FAIRness of data, 3) Consolidating FAIRness with quality, 4) Embedding NFDI4BioDiversity into the (inter-)national landscape, 5) Addressing NFDI-wide cross-cutting topics and 6) Promoting collaborative governance, viability and sustainability of data infrastructure services and science. These objectives are implemented by the NFDI4BioDiversity work programme and its five task areas

    Glöckner, Frank Oliver, Diepenbroek, Michael, Felden, Janine, Güntsch, Anton, Stoye, Jens, Overmann, Jörg, Wimmers, Klaus, Kostadinov, Ivaylo, Yahyapour, Ramin, Müller, Wolfgang, Scholz, Uwe, Triebel, Dagmar, Frenzel, Mark, Gemeinholzer, Birgit, Goesmann, Alexander, König-Ries, Birgitta, Bonn, Aletta, & Seeger, Bernhard. (2020). NFDI4BioDiversity – A Consortium for the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). Zenodo, 128 p. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3943645