Monitoring schemes

Guidelines for citizen science programs

The EU BON citizen science gateway for biodiversity data mobilisation combines different elements to assist users to easily find available tools and guides for collecting, sharing, and reporting their publicly available biodiversity monitoring data.

PlutoF citizen science project management tool

Registry of citizen science tools

4. Data mobilization

EU BON provides data  integration and information services which are of interest for different user groups including researchers, nature conservators, volonteer naturalists, decision makers etc.


The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is a major integrator of biodiversity occurrence data and thus a top priority for integration in EU BON. The GBIF informatics architecture provides unified access via a web portal and web services to a global network of data publishers. Through appropriate standards and tools, the infrastructure is designed to serve three main types of data: metadata (i.e., descriptions of datasets), primary biodiversity data and names data.


LifeWatch (e-Science infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research) is a research infrastructure proposed by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). LifeWatch itself is not an infrastructure generating data, but an environment, mainly for the biodiversity community, for discovering, processing, modelling and collaborating on data (including software tools).

Data sharing principles

EU BON conceives its work on the basis of the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles (see below), and in the EU BON Data sharing Agreement it is defined as “full and open exchange of data, metadata, and products shared within GEOSS, recognising relevant international instruments and national policies and legislation. All shared data, metadata and products shall be made available with minimum time delay and at minimum cost. Availability of all shared data, metadata and products free of charge or at no more than cost of reproduction shall be encouraged for research and education” .

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