Ebbe Neilsen Award 2021

Ebbe Neilsen Award

The Application for Ebbe Neilsen Award 2021 is open !!!

The 2021 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge was opened to recognize innovative entries influencing biodiversity data and tools from the GBIF network to advance open science. GBIF, the Global Biodiversity Information Service, is an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and whose goal is to provide anyone, anywhere, open access to data on all types of life in the world. Land.

The works will be evaluated by an expert judge. The judge will then present a selected group of winners. Between January 20 and August 2, 2021, individuals and teams can prepare tools and techniques that improve the access, usefulness and quality of open biodiversity data and submit them to this annual open incentive competition.

Challenge entries can take any number of methodologies. Contestants can choose to develop new applications, visualizations, methods, workflows, or analytics, often making use of the GBIF API to access the data. They can also leverage or extend the capabilities of existing tools and features available throughout the GBIF network. Organizers encourage competitors to review past winners, as well as past winning entries, for ideas, problems, or approaches they wish to pursue.

Multiple stakeholder groups, including data users, data owners, and data administrators, should benefit from the inputs. Contestants may want to review the GBIF Communications Strategy to see how we describe GBIF audiences.

Here are more details about Ebbe Neilsen Award

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  • Financial coverage: Fully Funded
  • Eligible Regions: Anyone can apply
  • Deadline: August 2, 2021
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    Eligibility Criteria :

    The Challenge is open to individuals, teams of individuals, businesses and their employees, and government agencies and their employees.

    The Challenge is not open to:

    • Current staff members of the GBIF Secretariat.
    • People who currently have direct contracts with the GBIF Secretariat.
    • Members of the GBIF Scientific Committee.
    • GBIF Heads of Delegation.
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    Benefits :

    • The 2021 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge is deliberately open, so participants have a broad mandate to create tools and techniques that advance open science and improve access, usability, or quality of GBIF-mediated data. Challenge presentations can be new applications, visualization methods, workflows, or analytics, or build on and extend existing tools and capabilities.
    • The successful entries are expected to provide practical and pragmatic solutions for the GBIF network while advancing biodiversity informatics and biodiversity data management in relation to GBIF’s mission and strategic plan.
    • A total of up to € 20,000 in prizes.
    • No entrance fee.


    A panel of expert judges from the relevant scientific, computer and technological domains will evaluate submissions based on the following criteria:

    Openness and repeatability: Are the building blocks of the presentation, such as code and content, available for free and transparent? Do they have the proper licenses?
    Applicability: Is the presentation of sufficient relevance and scope for the communities supported by GBIF to use or build it?
    New Has an important part of the presentation been developed specifically for the challenge? Submissions based largely or entirely on previously published work are not considered eligible entries.

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    Application Process:

    Participants must complete the entry form, which provides information about participation, including:

    • Candidates name/title
    • Names and affiliations of team members
    • Summary and justification
    • Operating instructions
    • Link to images (prototype, demo, video, screenshots, slides, etc.)
    • Link (s) to submit materials on any appropriate website or repository
    • Apply online through apply now link

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