A workshop with modelling experts took place in Barcelona in October

The current EBP modelling approach is being re-evaluated taking into account the new data standard and the future updating periodicity of the EBP viewer.  For this purpouse, a workshop with modelling experts from the SMOG, the Spatial Modelling Group of the EBCC, was organized in Barcelona on October 27th 2017.

The main objective of the workshop was to better plan and coordinate the subsequent work to produce the new model maps and automated scripts. The discussions were very fruitful and the first trials using EBP data will be conducted in the next few weeks.

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The maps of the new EBP viewer have been redesigned to properly show the whole area covered by the project

During 2017 quite a few new institutions have joined the EBP initiative, allowing a large increase in the area covered by the project, particularly towards the east and southeast. To be able to properly show these new areas in the  EBP viewer, a complete redesingn of its maps has taken place during the last months. The results will be shown to the public in late 2017, once the data from 2016 is uploaded and the new version of the EBP viewer is launched. 

The new EBP viewer has been redesigned to properly show the new areas covered by the project (countries shown in yellow).

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The database repository infrastructure design is being tested

A first design of the EBP central database repository infrastructure has been produced and some tests are being conducted using Amazon Web Services (AWS). In parallel, the work to design the protocol that will be used to encode and implement the automatic data flow from the local portals to the central database repository has also started.

All this work is part of Action A4, aimed at designing a solid, long-lasting and cost-effective database repository and data flow system, and one of the key tasks to be developed by the LIFE EBP project.

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The EBP increases its geographic coverage

Action A7, which is aimed at increasing the geographical coverage of the EBP, particularly, by adding countries situated on the eastern migratory flyways, is advancing very well.  

During the last months most of this Action target countries have already joined the project. Namely, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary and Romania. 

In total, seven key ornithological institutions and their associated online portals have joined: Bulgarian Society for the Protection of BirdsAssociation BIOMEstonian Ornithological SocietyHellenic Ornithological SocietyMagyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi EgyesületSocietatea Ornitologica Romana and Milvus Group 

Note, however, that the data provided by these new partners will only be shown in the EBP viewer in late summer, once the viewer is updated with the data for the period 2010-2016 and the maps redesigned to properly show the new geographic coverage.


The new EBP partners (countries in green) will greatly improve the geographic coverage of the EBP project.  

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The workshop on Best Practices took place in Namur, Belgium

EBP partners and guests gathered in Namur (Belgium) on 2-3 March 2017. Jointly with a regular EBP meeting, a thematic workshop was organized in relation to the Life EBP project action A9, aiming at “Promoting Best Practices and implementing overall benchmarks and quality indicators”. A total of 27 representatives from 17 countries attended the event, organized by Natagora, the local EBP partner. It was a great opportunity to improve the quality of the data collected and promote the continuous improvement of the individual online portals themselves.

The meeting attendants at Mundo-n, Namur, Belgium.

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New update of the EBP viewer increases to 20.6 million the number of map combinations available to choose from!

Today, the EBP demo viewer has been updated with nearly 50 millions of new data. Moreover, the number of bird species available in the portal has been doubled and the period of years extended to 2010-2015. This is a first visible output of the Life EBP project.

Currently, the EBP demo viewer depicts animated weekly distribution maps of 100 different bird species for six years (2010-2015). Moreover, a new type of map has been added, allowing the visualization of the overall seasonal patterns of bird distribution by combining the whole six years of available data. Since two animated maps of any species, year and type can be selected to be shown simultaneously for direct comparison, this means that after the new update more than 20.6 million different map combinations are now available to choose from! Ten times more than before.

Snapshot of the EBP viewer: two distribution maps combining all available years of data (2010-2015) for the Brambling and the Tree Pipit, two of the new species available after the new update.

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The new EBP data sharing standard has been finished

The new data standard has been designed in order to notably improve the opportunities for data analysis and modelling in the framework of the EBP.

The work on the new standard has been lead by SOVON following the main guidelines agreed at the specific workshop held in the Netherlands during the 8th EBP meeting.

The new standard and the main differences with the previous one are detailed in (this document). Note, however, that the final technical documentation will only be available once the definition of the data flow standard and database repository infrastructure is completed (see Action A4).

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The complete list module is already implemented in the ornitho app (NaturaList)

The Ornitho app has been improved with a set of new functionalities that allow recording complete lists in a simple and effective way. The Ornitho system operates in eight European countries and collects c. 50% of the data that is currently submitted to the EBP project, therefore, with this new version of the app we expect that the number of complete lists and, therefore, the overall quality of the data collected by the EBP partnership will increase significantly in the forthcoming years.

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The list of 50 additional species has already been selected

The last EBP meeting was very fruitful and great advances took place in such important issues as the definition of the new EBP data standard or the selection of the 50 additional target species. Now the number of EBP target species increases to 105 (the initial 55 species already available in 2015 and the 50 additional ones).

The new list of EBP target species (the new 50 ones shown in red).

The meeting attendants in front of Villa Wylerberg.

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More than 2.6 million different animated map combinations available after the 2014 update

The data from 2014 has been uploaded to the EBP demo viewer, notably increasing the number of distributional maps that are depicted. With this update, now the viewer allows free access to animated weekly distributional maps of a total of 50 different bird species for five years (2010-2014). With several map types available, this means that more than 2.6 million different animated map combinations are available to choose from.

Millions of animated map combinations like this are available in the EBP viewer.

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The LIFE agreement among the beneficiaries has been signed

The LIFE agreement among the beneficiaries was signed on March 23rd.

Since the coordinating beneficiary and the associated beneficiaries are jointly responsible for carrying out the LIFE Preparatoty project and complying with the relevant legal obligations, the European Commission requires that the coordinating beneficiary shall conclude a LIFE partnership agreeement with all the associated beneficiaries.

As you know, the LIFE Euro Bird Portal project is coordinated by the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) and has five associated beneficiaries: the Catalan Ornithological Institute (ICO), the Swiss Ornithological Institute (SOI), the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Natagora and the Sovon Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology (SOVON).

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The new EBP data sharing standard will be one of the key points to be discussed in the next EBP meeting

The next EBP meeting will be held in the Netherlands during May 31th and June 1st. The meeting will be organized by (SOVON) and will take place at the Villa Wylerberg, Beek-Ubbergen.

The main guidelines for developing the new data sharing standard will be agreed at this meeting with the help of all EBP partners.

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LIFE EBP kickoff meeting took place in Barcelona

The LIFE EBP kickoff meeting took place in Barcelona on March 1st-2nd 2016.

The meeting was attended by the coordinating and associated beneficiaries (CTFC, BTO, SOI, ICO, NATAGORA, SOVON) and the Commission LIFE technical monitoring team. The meeting was very useful to clarify some key administrative and financial aspects with the Commission, to review the project actions and to plan the work for the forthcoming months.

The meeting attendants during the lunch break.

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The LIFE EBP website is ready

The LIFE EuroBirdPortal website is already online.

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The LIFE EBP project manager has been hired

Our colleague Nicolas Titeux has been appointed LIFE EBP project coordinator. He has already been involved in the EBP initiative helping, for example, with reasearch-oriented issues such as the perspective paper and the modelling approach, and has a good experience dealing with big EU-funded projects (e.g. the EUBON project ).

Nicolas will be based at the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (the Coordinating Beneficiary institution) and work closely with Gabriel Gargallo, the EBP project coordinator.

Nicolas Titeux, in the middle, at the EBP meeting held in Brussels in 2015.

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