Living Norway Seminar 2019


Dates: June 11. – 12. 2019

Venue: The seminar and workshops will be located at NINA (June 11th) and NTNU (June 12th) in Trondheim.

Registration: You can register to the seminar, the lunches and the conference dinner here. Registration deadline May 31st 2019.

Detailed program: Click here for a detailed detailed program.



We hereby invite you to a 2-day seminar (June 11th – 12th 2019) focusing on fair data management and open science in ecology, wildlife management and conservation. The seminar is organised by the Living Norway Ecological Data Network ( and the Nordic eInfrastructure Collaboration DeepDive project (

Human welfare is inherently linked to the goods and services delivered by nature, and the current degradation of the biosphere is among the most pressing and severe societal challenges. Nevertheless, much ecological data needed to address these challenges are currently not available to the research community. Currently, most ecological data are stored locally at institutions or with individual researchers, they are not well documented, and they are not standardized. Consequently, the data management is often not in agreement with the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reuseable). This situation hinders both the researcher at the level of the individual research project, but also affects the possibility to efficiently conduct large scale data driven synthesis important for management and policy development. In addition, a better documentation and management of data will promote transparency and reproducibility in the research process. The ambition for this combined seminar and workshop is both to increase the awareness about the importance of improved management of Norwegian ecological datasets in accordance with the FAIR principles, and to discuss solutions to the challenge in collaboration with Nordic and international partners within the field of biodiversity informatics.

What will we discuss in this seminar:

In this seminar we will cover questions such as

  • What is the current situation in Norway with respect to management of ecological data sets?
  • Who are the main national and international players in this field?
  • What are the leading global and nordic e-infrastructures, and what will they look like in the future?
  • What new research questions could be answered by combining data from disparate sources?
  • What are the main fields and opportunities for increased Nordic collaboration
  • How could we mobilize for data rescue?

Scientific committee: Living Norway Steering Board, and Frank Hanssen, NINA (representing NeIC DeepDive).

Organization: The seminar is co-hosted by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU), the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre (NBIC), the Norwegian GBIF-node and the NeIC DeepDive project.

Program outline:

[A detailed program will be available soon]

Day one will be dedicated to public lectures from national and international invited speakers. On day two, Living Norway and NeIC will co-host workshops, focusing on increased Nordic collaboration (see suggested topics below), FAIR data management and increased data mobilization.

June 11th:

10:00 – 11:30 Presentations from Norwegian management, research and data management institutions
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch at NINA-huset
12:30 – 14:00 Presentations from key Nordic and international research infrastructures and institutions
14:30 – 16:00 Researchers perspectives, etc

June 12th:

On this day, we will arrange three parallel workshops. Participants can only take part in one workshop, but because workshop 1 is a full day event, it is possible for those that join the other workshops to join the last sessions of workshop 1.

Workshop Content
1: NeIC and Nordic collaboration (Workshop leader: Frank Hanssen, NINA) 09:00 – 16:00


Evolving from the current NeIC DeepDive project into an extended nordic-baltic collaboration in a NeIC DeepDive 2 project. This workshop contains 4 sessions covering topics such as Nordic-Baltic cloud services, Linked Open Data, trait data and identification of future collaboration areas within the field of biodiversity data infrastructures. The workshop is open for all.
2: Prioritization – data types and sources, data rescue task force (Workshop leaders: Anders G. Finstad, NTNU) 09:00 – 12:30 What kind of ecological data should be prioritized for archiving and re-use retrieval preparation? We will have focus on legacy data – data left behind from researchers and research projects. This provides an irreplaceable source of past observations currently being lost due to inappropriate storage formats or lack of documentation. Questions addressed relates to prioritization, practical solutions and legal issues related to this.
3: Curriculum in FAIR data management (Workshop leaders: Dag Endresen, UiO & Vigdis Vandvik, UiB) 13:00 – 16:00 Rapid development in societal expectations, technological possibilities and the launch of FAIR data management principles are prevailing across scientific fields. We see a clear need to establish a curriculum and training program that prepare current and future ecologist for this new era. Such a curriculum should include both technological skills and ethical and legal reflections. In this workshop, we will present and discuss ideas for moving forward with these ideas.
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