Open science for climate justice

Our experts discuss the importance of open science for food security and preserving global biodiversity

Photos of four panel discussion speakers
Photo credit: Jeff Dowling/EMBL-EBI

Open access data and the associated research are helping to further our understanding of global challenges such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

Open data is at the core of everything that EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) does as a global leader in the storage, analysis and dissemination of large biological datasets. In partnership with organisations throughout the world we host over 40 data resources where scientists can freely access data produced by others and also share their own work in an open and collaborative way.

To discuss the role of open science in tackling global challenges, our open data experts got together during Open Access Week 2022 to talk about how the work they are doing can support researchers working in these fields.  

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Main take-aways

Don’t have time to watch the whole webinar? Here are some of the key topics discussed:

Getting involved and leveraging open access data

Scientists all over the globe can freely access the data available in EMBL-EBI data resources and data portals. We also greatly value input and feedback from our users. Our user community constantly contributes data and scientific expertise to help improve and grow our databases. 

Enabling communities to use FAIR data

Our researchers share their expertise with scientists around the world to foster collaborations and help build capacity for bioinformatics and Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reproducible (FAIR) data principles. This helps to give researchers everywhere more control to manage their data and make it FAIR, to create global data standards, and to build a community for open data research. 

The challenges of open data research 

Large-scale open data initiatives such as the Earth BioGenome Project come with their own set of challenges. When working at a global scale, these challenges include funding management, sample collection, and metadata coordination. 

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Tags: biodiversity, bioinformatics, burdett, climate change, dyer, ebenezer, embl-ebi, FAIR data, genomics, harrison, open access, open data, open science, planetary biology


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