• Field of research: Biodiversity, Big Data
  • Disciplines involved: Biodiversity, BioInformatics, Genomics
  • Duration: 2019-2022
  • Innovative activities: Create world-wide platforms following the FAIR principles for biodiversity and health big data deposition, integration and sharing OPEN BIODIVERSITY AND HEALTH BIG DATA (BHBD)
  • Impacts on education: Facilitate the skills of data processing in member countries by international trainning course
  • Questions/ issues addressed by the project
    • To build the principles and mechanisms for global sharing of BHBD in accordance with laws and ethics of member countries
    • To develop a big data platform under the FAIR principles for BHBD integration, translation and sharing that is publicly accessible to worldwide communities
  • Outcomes expected : Construct a global BHBD alliance and provide freely available biodiversity data to all facets of the scientific community.
  • Leader(s): Yiming Bao
  • Steering Committee: Amir Ali Abbasi (Pakistan), Suchinda Malaivijitnond (Thailand), Takashi Gojobori (Japan), Vladimir Bajic (South Africa), Vsevolod Makeev (Russia), Yiming Bao (USA), Yongbiao Xue (China)





The BHBD Alliance (http://bhbd-alliance.org) was established on October 14, 2018 under the framework of BHBD Initiative of IUBS. The aim of the project is to develop the BHBD Alliance as a world-wide open platform for BHBD integration, translation and sharing, as well as to build the principles and mechanisms for global sharing of BHBD in accordance with laws and ethics of member countries. We advocate your positive support and participation in this program to develop necessary solutions to open BHBD to the greatest extent.



Biological research has entered into an era of big data including a wide variety of biodiversity data from all life forms on earth. In addition, such data are being generated at ever-growing rates and distributed throughout the world with heterogeneous standards and diverse limited access capabilities. Thus, providing open access to biodiversity big data is essential for an expedited translation of big data into applied knowledge and is becoming increasingly vital in advancing scientific research and promoting the conservation and sustainability of biodiversity. 

In response to the appeal "Open Data in a Big Data World" released by the then International Council for Science (ICSU) in March 2016, IUBS approved a new scientific program initiative of Open Biodiversity and Health Big Data (BHBD) in July 2017. The greatest public benefit of this program can be realized provided biodiversity data are effectively and responsibly shared to the greatest extent through forward-looking standards that enhance data exchange and interoperability in a machine-readable manner.


  • IUBS National Committees involved in the project: Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Association for Science and Technology; Russian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy
  • IUBS Scientific Member Organisations involved in the project: International Society of Zoological Sciences
  • Links with international programmes or networks: CODATA of ISC
  • Former IUBS InitiativeBHBD "Open Biodiversity and Health Big Data Initiative" (2017-2019)