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IPBES goes FAIR! It has now a Data Managment Policy

Krug, Rainer M.; Aboki Omare, Benedict D.; Niamir, Aidin

A poster promoting the IPBES Data Management Policy presented at the World Biodivereiry Forum 2020 in Davos, Switzerland.

The Multidisciplinary Expert Panel and the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), at their 13th meeting in January 2020, has approved the IPBES data management policy. This is an important step for IPBES to further improve the accessibility of its products and the transparency of the underlying procedures. The IPBES data management policy is based on the principles of Open Science and FAIR data. It provides a framework to make the products (e.g. statements, maps, and tables) traceable from the original data layers, through the processing steps, and up to the final status in the product. The IPBES data management policy also provides guidelines on long-term repositories, metadata, and file formats. Management, handling, and delivery of the materials from the indigenous people and local communities are also covered by the policy. The IPBES data management policy will pave the road towards reproducible assessments over time and scalable at the national or regional scale. In this contribution, we aim to inform the community with the highlights of the policy and to present an outlook of projects emerging from the implementation of the policy.

Here is the link to the IPBES data management policy: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3551078

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