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EuroSL Workshop

2 - 3 dic 2011

EuroSL Workshop

Electronic taxonomic reference list of all European plant taxa for use in vegetation and other plant-related database

University of Göttingen

For an increasing number of European countries, large vegetation databases are available now and their combination into supranational or even continental analyses would be the logical next step. However, the lack of a comprehensive, consistent, and up-to-date, electronic standard list for all plant taxa of Europe including vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens, and macro-algae (working name EuroSL) is a serious impediment to any such attempt. Also the connection of any kind of taxon-related information on plants across European countries, such as distributional data (from mapping projects and herbaria), vegetation-plot data, plant trait data, indicator values, or red list status information, crucially depends on such a EuroSL. To be functional, such a EuroSL would need to be freely accessible, well-documented, allow both connection to old data (with deviating taxonomic concepts) and flexible future updates, and be capable of being integrated into typical workflows (such as combination of different national Turboveg databases).
With this meeting, we want to “screen” what possible “ingredients” (checklists and tools) for a EuroSL are already available, how they could be combined best, what is still missing for a EuroSL, as well as how and by whom the identified gaps can be filled in a pragmatic approach.

Preliminary agenda
1. Round of introductions
2. Requirements and specifications of a EuroSL (Jürgen Dengler)
3. Overview of existing checklists, tools and initiatives that might be useful “ingredients” for the EuroSL (a) Synopsis of national Turboveg checklists in SynBioSys Europe (Stephan Hennekens via Skype, Erwin Bergmeier) (b) Euro+Med and other recent European plant checklists of the BGBM (NN) (c) Tools of the BGBM (NN) (d) Handling of plant taxonomy in VegItaly (NN) (e) Others (NN)
4. Selection of a taxonomic basis for the EuroSL, i.e. adopted preferred taxonomic view for each of the taxa included
5. Tools and procedures for mapping other taxonomic views (such as national Turboveg species lists or floras) to the EuroSL
6. Tools and procedures for documenting and updating the EuroSL
7. Ideas and possibilities for organisational and financial support for establishing and maintaining the EuroSL
8. Practical implementation of the agreed solution and next steps (tasks and time schedule)

Prof. Erwin Bergmeier (University of Göttingen, host, SynBioSys Europe), Prof. Milan Chytrý (University of Brno, European Vegetation Survey, tbc), Dr. Jürgen Dengler (University of Hamburg, initiator), Stephan Hennekens (Alterra Wageningen, NL, SynBioSys Europe & Turboveg), Dr. Florian Jansen (University of Greifswald, GermanSL & Vegetation database Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), NN (BGBM), Prof. R. Venanzoni (VegItaly)

Organisational information
Presently, we don’t have any funding for EuroSL. For this first meeting therefore all participants have to cover their travelling expenses themselves.
Suggestions for alterations and additions of the agenda are welcome (to dengler@botanik.uni-hamburg.de).
Please send your confirmation of participation both to erwin.bergmeier@bio.uni-goettingen.de and dengler@botanik.uni-hamburg.de. We will fix and communicate the precise starting and end points of the workshop as soon as it is clear who actually will participate.