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The European Biodiversity Portal offers access to biodiversity observations and ecological data, statistics, and analyses of changes over time, along with tools for sharing or discovering data and products generated by scientific and analytical processes.
Use Case Topics
The EU BON tools, products and services support the following particular use case topics. For the decision making and scientific assesment, biodiversity change can be measured and analysed at different levels. Data sharing is also supported, helping users to find solutions to gather and share their own data.
Main products generated by the EU BON Consortium
The EU BON Portal integrates biodiversity observation systems under one search facility. The portal offers a spatially, temporally, and taxonomically oriented user interface to locate biodiversity datasets. See http://api.eurogeoss-broker.eu/eu-bon-portal
Many national or thematic metadata catalogues exist, which can easily share their data through EU BON, and hence, through GEOSS http://www.geoportal.org/. Here is how various metadata catalogues can link their data with EU BON. We would suggest one of two alternatives:
Ecological Metadata Language (EML): Create a EML harvest list, that is, a simple XML file linking each EML file, e.g., see https://data.lter-europe.net/deims/eml_harvest_list
ISO 19115: Use GeoNetwork, or similar software, to expose metadata as an OGC CSW service. http://geonetwork-opensource.org/
If you start from scratch and have no other uses for the metadata, go for the first option. As a manual exercise, map your metadata fields to EML elements. It requires title and short description of the dataset, contact information, spatial, temporal, and taxonomic coverage, and optionally some description of the observation methods used. Then programmatically from your own database generate one EML document for each metadata entry. Finally, generate the EML harvest list following the above example. Guidance for EML is available here http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/metadata-standards/eml-ecological-metadata-language
If you are sharing your metadata through INSPIRE or other mechanisms, you may want to use ISO 19115. The EU BON Portal can also consume other formats, such as OAI-PMH, OpenSearch, etc. If you already have those formats available, you can instead use them.
Once you have your metadata ready for harvesting or just testing, please inform EU BON Portal administrator using the contact form http://biodiversity.eubon.eu/feedback