News and Events

News

12. – 14.04.2016 2nd edaphobase–Workshop: “Usability Studies” 2016
at the IBZ, St. Marienthal Ostritz

In October 2013, edaphobase initiated a series of usability studies in cooperation with prospective users from federal state authorities, university research groups, and freelance consultants. The focus of these studies is on edaphobase’s application potential for investigators on soil-zoological data to ease analyses of large linked datasets for better understanding of overall soil-organism ecological requirements, and to provide tools that facilitate analysis across scales as a basis for researchers or decision-making by government and policy-makers.

Between 2014 and 2016, these invited users of edaphobase evaluated the existing data warehouse tools, regarding data access and analysis, and proposed suggestions for further improvement of edaphobase for this user group, which have been implemented into Edaphobase by now.
The 2016 workshop initiates the second evaluation phase, where the aforementioned improvements will be tested and re-evaluated.

01.8.2013 edaphobase starts into second phase

With a total of 4.3 million Euros, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports the second phase of the “edaphobase” soil zoological data base (data warehouse) project for four years.
In this second phase applications of the database for purposes of nature conservation are to be developed, especially tools for evaluation of ecological requirements of soil animal species as well as of influence of changes in land use on soil biodiversity. The database provides information on selected soil animal groups in Central Europe.
Data is freely accessible via the browser application http://portal.edaphobase.org and may be accessed by interested users, but also authorities or expert agencies for eg scientific issues such as the preparation of Red lists for endangered species or for investigation of the effect of landscape changes and climate change on soil animal communities and their performance. To ease access to data programs for data query and evaluation are further enhanced and developed.
In the long run, the database is to be incorporated into the leadership of Senckenberg, as the Museum’s Department of Soil Zoology at Görlitz and the corresponding seven sections represent, since the 1950s, one of the most important soil zoological research centers in Europe. An extension of data collection throughout Central Europe is intended.

Workshops

17.02. – 18.02.2014 1st edaphobase–Workshop: “Nationwide Field Studies 2014”
in the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Goerlitz

Workshop results (excerpt):

Another series of case studies was started in spring of 2014. During the next three years the edaphobase team cooperates with prospective users from state authorities and nature conservation authorities. Here, the applicability of edaphobase for nature conservation issues of different authorities (State and Federal Agencies for Nature Conservation, Federal Environmental Agency, National Park authorities) will be tested and evaluated, especially for issues in the fields of agriculture, forestry, soil and immission control and genetic engineering. The field study phase was opened on a workshop meeting of representatives of state agencies and the project team at the Museum of Natural History Görlitz during 17 – 18.02.2014.

Based on expressions of interest of the state agencies’ representatives from Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and the Eifel National Park a study design was developed, comprising a standardised sampling of soil organisms and habitat data from selected habitat types (deciduous and coniferous forests, arable land and grassland) on sites within these federal states. The chosen sites include vegetation gradients from natural vegetation to anthropogenic influenced associations, and gradients from acidic to calcareous soils.

Resulting sampling data will be used teilnehmer workshop 2014 to answer specific questions of research interest raised by the participating state authorities, and to add data to the present edaphobase dataset for further optimisation of queries and analyses.

Sampling of sites in Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia (Eifel national Park) is scheduled for 2014, and will be supplemented in 2015 by sampling on sites in Bavaria and Saxony-Anhalt.

09.03. – 10.10.2013 1st edaphobase–Workshop: “Statistical Models 2014”
in the IBZ at the Kloster Marienthal Ostritz

Workshop results (excerpt):

In October 2013, edaphobase initiated a series of usability studies in cooperation with prospective users from federal state authorities, university research groups, and freelance consultants. The focus of these studies is on edaphobase’s application potential for investigators on soil-zoological data to ease analyses of large linked datasets for better understanding of overall teilnehmer workshop 2013 soil-organism ecological requirements, and to provide tools that facilitate analysis across scales as a basis for researchers or decision-making by government and policy-makers.

Between 2014 and 2016, these invited users of edaphobase are going to evaluate the existing data warehouse tools, regarding data access and analysis, and to propose suggestions for further improvement of edaphobase for this user group. The range of topics to be evaluated includes assessment of long time series of permanent soil observation plots, monitoring of tillage impacts on soil fauna, long-term mobilization and accessibility improvement of existing datasets, or soil ecotoxicological issues.

Events & Workshops first projects phase

Events

11.10. – 12.10.2012 Symposium on the completion of the 1st project phase
in Görlitz (only in German)

Workshops

20.11. – 23.11.2011 4. EDAPHOBASE–Workshop: “Golden Gate”
in the IBZ at the Kloster Marienthal Ostritz and
in the “Waidhaus” in Görlitz

Workshop results (excerpt):

The draft of the Edaphobase-Portal was confirmed by all to be a sound basis for the further development. A version for the user is being continually updated.
The telephone conference resulted in an updated time plan for the further project application. The project partners were informed about the target goals (especially the scientific questions).
The updated home page was accepted with minor changes by the project partners.
The users received insights into the workflow of GoldenGate Taxonomy. GoldenGate Ecology was recognized as being a useful tool for processing data contained in the ecological literature for Edaphobase.

07.03. – 09.03.2011 3. EDAPHOBASE–Workshop: “External Data II”
in the IBZ at the Kloster Marienthal Ostritz

Workshop results (excerpt):

Participants talked about expectations and possibilities of data migration.
Format and contents of data packages were defined.
Raw data can only be seen with admission. For this the data owner will be contacted in any case.
An outline for the “Werkverträge” was established.
Future tasks for project coordinator and IT-staff were defined.
Terms of use for EDAPHOBASE were discussed.

07.12. – 09.12.2010 2. EDAPHOBASE–Workshop: “External Data I”
in the IBZ at the Kloster Marienthal Ostritz

Workshop results (excerpt):

workshop_marienthalFor data migration predefined Excel Tables from SMNG will be used.
These tables contain fields which have to be filled in (e.g.: Object ID).
In addition these tables should contain minimal data like a date of collection, name of location where animals were found, information on quantity.
These tables contain additional information, as far as possible completed by the GBIF-Partners.
Within 2011 data migration will be changed from Excel-based to text-based form. For that GBIF-Wrapper will be adjusted to allow bidirectional data transfer.

09.05. – 11.05.2010 1. EDAPHOBASE–Workshop: “Database- and Software-development, Quality of Data”
in the IBZ at the Kloster Marienthal Ostritz

Workshop results (excerpt):

Decisions were made about architecture and model of the database.
For easier internal communication a redmine server is established.
An agreement on details for data input and data handling was reached.
For data migration text-based formats are used.