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Ebbe Nielsen Challenge open-data innovations (Up to €34,000)

Ebbe Nielsen Challenge open-data innovations (Up to €34,000)

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Are you an open data champion? The 2019 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge will award up to €34,000 in prizes to the most innovative entries that leverage biodiversity data. Tools from the GBIF network to advance open science.
Between 23 January and 1 August, individuals and teams can prepare tools and techniques that improve the access, usefulness, and quality of open biodiversity data and submit them to this open-ended incentive competition.

Moreover, Challenge entries can take any number of approaches. Entrants may choose to develop new applications, visualizations, methods, workflows or analyses, often (but not always) making use of the GBIF API to access data. You may also build on or extend the capabilities of existing tools and features from across the GBIF network. Further, they encourage entrants to review previous winners as well as previous entries—for ideas, problems or approaches you may wish to pursue. Also, entries should benefit multiple stakeholder groups, including data users, data holders, and data managers. You may wish to review the GBIF Communications Strategy to see how they describe GBIF’s audiences.

In Addition, they will assemble an expert jury to judge the entries that they receive on their openness and repeatability, relevance and novelty. Winners will be announced in October 2019 at the 26th GBIF Governing Board meeting in Leiden, the Netherlands. Further,  The Challenge honors the memory of Dr. Ebbe Schmidt Nielsen, an inspirational leader in the fields of biosystematics and biodiversity informatics and a principal founder of GBIF, who died unexpectedly just before it came into being.


  • The 2019 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge will award up to €34,000 in prizes.


The Challenge is open to:

  • individuals, teams of individuals, companies and their employees, and governmental agencies and their employees.

The Challenge is not open to:

  • Current staff members at the GBIF Secretariat
  • Further, Individuals currently under direct contract to the GBIF Secretariat
  • Members of the GBIF Science Committee
    Heads of Delegation to GBIF


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline01 August,2019
Open toAll Nationalities
OrganizerEbbe Nielsen



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