To ensure B-Cubed’s tools meet openness standards and to build better capacity in biodiversity informatics and cloud computing, the project is developing a number of guidelines, training programs and activities.
D3.1 Quality requirements for softwareTo ensure that B-Cubed’s software and resulting data products meet their intended purpose, quality requirements are specified and documented in the project. They include high-level requirements and cover software development aspects such as versioning, community contributions, review practices, testing and documentation.
D3.3 FAIR guidelinesB-Cubed is creating mechanisms to ensure semantic, organisational and technical interoperability between the project’s biodiversity data cubes and GEO BON’s EBV Data Portal specifically, as well as the FAIR and open deposit of B-Cubed’s data products in general.
D1.7 Hackathon results
D3.2 SOC documentationB-Cubed is building a public, searchable and peer-reviewed documentation website for its toolbox. To ensure the cloud-agnostic character of the project, detailed instructions are provided on how to use occurrence cubes on different cloud providers. Integration of species occurrence cubes with environmental layers already available on cloud providers is also documented. The training documentation takes many shapes and forms, such as exemplar workflows, tutorials, source code snippets, etc.
D1.4 Helpdesk activityB-Cubed is organising a series of training events in Europe and in South Africa to teach potential users how to create biodiversity cubes using the project’s tools and cloud infrastructure. The events also show trainees how to create automated workflows for modelling and indicators so that they can either recreate their own workflows or duplicate B-Cubed’s for their own needs. In addition, B-Cubed is also developing a help desk to collate feedback and support users, providing information on the use of the infrastructure, services and tools offered by the project.