The Bouchout Declaration for Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management

Publié le 26 juin 2014, par Thérèse Hameau

The purpose of the Bouchout Declaration is to help make digital data about our biodiversity openly available. It offers members of the biodiversity community a way to demonstrate their commitment to open science.


The mission of the signatories is to promote free and open access to data and information about biodiversity by people and computers and to bring about an inclusive and shared knowledge management infrastructure that will allow our society to respond more effectively to the challenges of the present and future.

Collaborative Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management can bring together the achievements of many independent biodiversity projects, yet will allow them to retain their identity and missions. The resulting virtual pool of information will allow new services to emerge for everyone who relies on information about life on Earth. Awareness of, access to, preservation, and curation of information will be enhanced by a shared and seamless network of infrastructures. By enabling tracking data linking and citations, all who create, organise, or mobilise data will be fully credited for their contributions.


As signatories, we encourage an overarching approach to Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management which is based on the following fundamental principles :

  • The free and open use of digital resources about biodiversity and associated access services ;
  • Licenses or waivers that grant or allow all users a free, irrevocable, world-wide, right to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly as well as to build on the work and to make derivative works, subject to proper attribution consistent with community practices, while recognizing that providers may develop commercial products with more restrictive licensing.
  • Policy developments that will foster free and open access to biodiversity data ;
  • Tracking the use of identifiers in links and citations to ensure that sources and suppliers of data are assigned credit for their contributions ;
  • An agreed infrastructure, standards and protocols to improve access to and use of open data ;
  • Registers for content and services to allow discovery, access and use of open data ;
  • Persistent identifiers for data objects and physical objects such as specimens, images and taxonomic treatments with standard mechanisms to take users directly to content and data ;
  • Linking data using agreed vocabularies, both within and beyond biodiversity, that enable participation in the Linked Open Data Cloud ;
  • Dialogue to refine the concept, priorities and technical requirements of Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management ;
  • A sustainable Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management that is attentive to scientific, sociological, legal, and financial aspects.

Version française : Déclaration de Bouchout pour le libre accès aux connaissances sur la biodiversité

La déclaration