WG4: Data standardisation and harmonisation

Guidelines will be developed for the collation of AS information (referring to Darwin Core) including (a) consensus on terminology, in coordination with the IUCN to avoid the risk of inconsistencies between the adopted terms at the European and global scale, and (b) identification of minimum and desirable data requirements for quality assurance. Protocols will be developed on the practical implementation of the WG4 guidelines for establishment, upgrading or harmonising existing databases and to explore links between information sources. WG4 will represent all major environment types (terrestrial, freshwater, marine) and taxonomic groups. It will be composed of data providers (database managers, journal editors, monitoring agencies etc), data consumers (scientists, policy makers etc), contributors to national and regional hubs, and information networks.