The Ebbe Nielsen Challenge is an annual incentive competition that seeks to encourage innovative uses of and applications for the open biodiversity research infrastructure supported by GBIF, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

These creative applications of GBIF-mediated data can come in a wide variety of forms and formats—for example, new analytical research, richer policy-relevant visualizations, web and mobile applications, improvements to processes around data digitization, quality and access, or something else entirely.

The 2018 Challenge will award €34,000 for advancements in open science that feature tools and techniques that improve the access, utility or quality of GBIF-mediated data. Under this open-ended call, challenge submissions may build on existing tools and features, such as the GBIF API, Integrated Publishing Toolkit, data validator, relative species occurrence tool, among others—or develop new applications, methods, workflows or analyses.

Winning entries will demonstrably extend and increase the usefulness, openness and visibility of GBIF-mediated data for identified stakeholder groups. Each submission is expected to demonstrate advantages for at least three of the following groups: researchers, policymakers, educators, students and citizen scientists.

Read more about the Ebbe Nielsen Challenge and the entry requirements here.