Making environmental DNA FAIR

Making environmental DNA FAIR

Making environmental DNA FAIR 1920 1080 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Australia

Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a cutting-edge scientific technique that involves collecting and analysing genetic material shed by organisms into their surrounding environment such as water and soil.

While millions of DNA sequences are typically generated and assigned to taxa in each eDNA study, these records are stored in various locations and formats, which makes the data difficult to be found, combined with similar datasets, and reused for further studies. We will seek to make eDNA data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) through multiple stages including establishing a standard vocabulary, encouraging authors to make data available through journal publication procedures, and developing scripts to bring datasets to one biodiversity platform such as GBIF and ALA. FAIR eDNA will enable its value to go beyond individual researchers and projects and achieve its revolutionary potential.

Start date: 26/06/2023
End date: 26/06/2028

Lead Contact: Miwa Takahashi (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 8- Digital Representation of the Ocean, 9- Capacity Development
ocean_basins: Arctic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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