Coordination office for the Bavarian flora

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Coordination office for the Bavarian flora

Bayerischer Wald, Wildauer Bach
Ammergebirge, Primula auricula

Funded by: Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt (LfU)

Project partners: Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns (SNSB), Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt (LfU)

Overall responsibility: Dr. Dagmar Triebel, Prof. Dr. Gudrun Kadereit, Ines Langensiepen

Scientific and biodiversity informatics lead: Dr. Dagmar Triebel

Scientific staff: Dr. Julia Wellsow (starting with August 2022), Dipl.-Biol. Birgit Klasen (starting with January 2023), Dipl.-Biol. Ingo Wendt (starting with April 2023)

Technical staff, DWB software engineering: Dr. Markus Weiss (starting with January 2023)

Software development and data processing: Dipl.-Inf. Wolfgang Reichert (August until December 2022)

Cooperative scientific partners: Dipl.-Biol. Wolfgang Diewald, Prof. Dr. Jörg Ewald, Dr. Andreas Fleischmann, Prof. Dr. Lenz Meierott, M.Sc.-Umweltpl. Marcel Ruff

Cooperative technical partners: Dr. Stefan Seifert (BIB data portal)

Task areas 2022 until 2026

  • Providing a data platform for government, science, research and other social interest groups, data imports and exports, web interfaces and web services
  • Optimization of the data situation and data analysis to better answer socially relevant questions about the state of biodiversity and its change in Bavaria
  • Information network and knowledge transfer between the various stakeholders. i.e. volunteer experts, nature conservation agencies, science, and citizen science
  • Public relations and training, wiki-based communication and documentation platform
  • Editorial collaboration for a print flora of Bavaria

History and description of the project

Beginning in 2012, the data from plant inventories and monitoring projects, which were formerly managed by the "Zentralstelle für die floristische Kartierung Bayerns" in Regensburg, were transferred into the database system of the Diversity Workbench developed and maintained at the SNSB IT Center of the Bavarian Natural History Collections (Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns or SNSB). The maintenance and technical and content development of these databases are crucial for the continued usability and utility of these data. New data need to be mobilised and imported continuously in order to ensure that the data keeps being a valuable source of information for current and historic plant occurences and the distribution of plants, as well as plant conservation in Bavaria.

The target of the coordiation office for the Bavarian flora, established with support of the Bavarian Environmental Agency (Bayerische Landesamt für Umwelt or LfU) at the Botanische Staatssammlung München, brings together volunteer experts, agencies, associations, universities, scientists and plant lovers in Bavaria. In order to achieve this, the coordination office works closely together with the AG Flora of Bavaria, various professional and botanical societies in Bavaria and Germany, as well as with the Bavarian centre for species conservation (Bayerisches Artenschutzzentrum). The coordination office looks into data analyses of the distribution of species and species groups and the composition of the flora, as well as into questions regarding the protection of species, habitats and nature. To do so, the coordination office collates biodiversity data from various sources and performs technical and content-related data checks. The coordination office supports the volunteer experts with the documentation of the status of plant life in Bavaria, and this way helps people to understand changes in native plant life.

The Botanische Staatssammlung München is highly appreciated by the expert volunteers and offers with the SNSB IT Center as a sustainable data repository together with the Diversity Workbench database installations all prequisites for successful data management. The curators and data experts at the IT Center support the coordination office both with botanical and data-related scientific knowledge. The longterm close cooperation with the Landesamt für Umwelt is being continued.

The project "Coordination office for the Bavarian flora" is preceded by the project Coordination office for flora conservation in Bavaria.

Projects in cooperation: BFL – Communication Platform, Aktualisierung der Roten Liste der Gefäßpflanzen Bayerns, Flora Silvae Gabretae – Flora des Böhmerwaldes – Květena Šumavy

Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt Botanische Staatssammlung München SNSB-IT Centrum Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayern