OT-Med organized a presentation of IndexMed project by Romain DAVID from IMBE (Mediterranean Institute of Biodiversity and marine and terrestrial Ecology). This presentation was be held on Monday April 20, 2015 at 11 h in the room 205 of CEREGE, Europôle Méditerranéen de l'Arbois, rue Louis Philibert, Aix-en-Provence, France.
IndexMed is a consortium created by the axis « Management of biodiversity and natural spaces » of the IMBE (Mediterranean Institute of Biodiversity and marine and terrestrial Ecology). Its main goal is to enhance the knowledge of databases and their effective use in the ecological research community. This consortium responds to calls for projects using databases to address ecological issues in the Mediterranean basin, promoting multidisciplinarity and collaboration with other entities of the CNRS. The projects to be developed by IndexMed members must be based on various national and international initiatives and promote international collaboration. The short-term goal of IndexMed is to establish a platform of data indexing of Mediterranean biodiversity and of environmental parameters which are of interest for research. This index will use the tools and methods recommended at both the national (SINP, MNHN / GBIF, RBDD) and international levels (MedOBIS, OBIS, GBIF, LifeWatch, GEOBON, …).
The project will develop a "resolution" service that should make an inventory and qualify results of ecological research and economical and social approaches. IndexMed should develop new transdisciplinary methods of data analysis, focusing on open data, open source and free methods and development tools
With an initial level of interoperability, the project will test the creation of "data cubes" by connecting for example, sociological, economic and ecological aspects of Mediterranean biodiversity. It will rely on the latest developments of IT and mathematics (algorithm graphs, data mining) to propose solutions to transdisciplinary issues that directly concern biodiversity.