Compass15: Focus on…National Biodiversity Data Centre

In advance of our Compass15 conference, we highlight the contribution from the National Biodiversity Data Centre.  The Centre is operated by Compass Informatics on behalf of the Heritage Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

At the Centre we make world leading use of informatics.

As a leading European biodiversity data centre, the National Biodiversity Data Centre will demonstrate some of the tools and applications that have been developed to deliver a modern national bioinformatics infrastructure to support biodiversity policy implementation in Ireland. We will be demonstrating the use of modern technologies to support citizen science engagement and showing how their application can support the science/policy decision-making interface.

The Data Centre’s contribution on the day will be prominent and provide a great opportunity to understand the work of the Centre:

  • The keynote from Michael Starrett of the Heritage Council (on behalf of whom Compass Informatics operate the Centre) will note the role of the Centre in an overall heritage context;
  • A following interactive workshop will provide a great opportunity to discuss the Centre’s strategic plan directly with senior staff;
  • Tomás Murray will present later in the morning on developing a suite of National Biodiversity Indicators, and measuring progress on national and international commitments;
  • Liam Lysaght, Centre Director, will present on the statistical framework & web tools that have been created to support citizen science and data sampling programmes.

Join us at Compass15 on Thursday, 10th September at the Clyde Court Hotel, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4, to meet staff of the National Biodiversity Data Centre and hear how the Data Centre has benefitted from the application of state of the art technology.

This is a free event, but places are limited. To avoid disappointment book now at