Programme (click on the links of presentations and reports from discussions)
Saturday 23rd March 2019, CEH Wallingford (http://www.ceh.ac.uk/wallingford)
This meeting will bring together specialists from recording schemes, government agencies and research organisations to discuss areas of common interest. We will hear talks that summarise recent initiatives and have discussion sessions on key topics such as: the use of biological records for understanding our changing environment, tools for supporting recording schemes and how we help recording schemes adapt to new innovations.
1000 Registration, with coffee available, and space if you want to arrange to meet colleagues and catch up
1045 David Roy Welcome – aims of the day and a general update on BRC
1055 Mark Gurney Links between recording schemes and conservation organisations
1225 Plans for afternoon workshops
1235 Lunch (provided), including iRecord demonstration and BRC helpdesk/Q&A. Option for posters from PhD students and attendees?
1400 Discussion sessions via break-out groups (click on the links for reports on discussion)
Bridging the gap between models and recorders (Nick Isaac and Francesca Mancini). Canteen
How can digital tools support recording schemes (Richard Burkmar and Tom August). Concorse
Data quality: options for supporting and recruiting verifiers (Martin Harvey and Andy Musgrove). Main conference room
Session 1: 1400 - 1445
Tea Break: 1445 - 1500
Session 2: 1500 - 1545
1550 Daniel Hayhow. The contribution of biological recording to the State of Nature
1610 Concluding remarks
Break-out discussion groups (click on the links below for reports on discussions)
We have made huge progress in understanding the biases in biological records and have greatly expanded their use for a range of applications such as indicators and Red List assessments. To date we have mostly adopted a one-size-fits all approach, but we would like to improve our models by better capturing differences in biology and recording behaviour among taxonomic groups. We will discuss how to best capture information about species and how they are recorded to inform our future analysis developments.
Digital tools have the potential to revolutionise many aspects of biological recording, but the plethora of options can be overwhelming. Recording schemes play a vital role in identifying what tools are of most use and can help prioritise future developments. Using example tools such as QGIS, apps built using the R package, image recognition tools we will discuss what works for you and what you’d like to see available in future.
Recording schemes have always played a vital role in ensuring that national biodiversity data is of good quality. As more people engage with wildlife recording, and as new technologies add additional data to the total pool of records, there is a danger that existing verification procedures could be overwhelmed. What tools are available to help address this issue? Can we support more people to develop the skills needed for verification? What can technology offer?