The EASIN Editorial Board: Quality assurance, exchange and sharing of alien species information in Europe

Konstantinos Tsiamis, Eugenio Gervasini, Fabio D’Amico, Ivan Deriu, Stelios Katsanevakis, Fabio Crocetta, Argyro Zenetos, Margarita Arianoutsou, Thierry Backeljau, Michel Bariche, Ioannis Bazos, Assunta Bertaccini, Giuseppe Brundu, Martina Carrete, Melih Ertan Çinar, Giovanna Curto, Marco Faasse, Jean Lou Justine, Gergely Király, Martin R. LangerYa’arit Levitt, Vadim E. Panov, Stefano Piraino, Wolfgang Rabitsch, Alain Roques, Riccardo Scalera, Noa Shenkar, Ioan Sîrbu, Elena Tricarico, Andrea Vannini, Leif Asbjørn Vøllestad, Andreas Zikos, Ana Cristina Cardoso

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Abstract

The European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) aims to facilitate the exploration of alien species information in Europe, and is recognized as the information system supporting European Union Member States in the implementation of the recently published Invasive Alien Species Regulation. In this paper, we present the role and activities of the EASIN Editorial Board (EB), which is responsible for the quality assurance, safeguarding and constant improvement of EASIN. The EB is supported by a web platform that facilitates online discussions about alien species. This platform creates a virtual community by providing a forum-like interface that is moderated by the EB Members but is freely accessible to the scientific community and the general public. It allows all registered users to make comments, raise questions and share experience and expertise on alien species in Europe. Moreover, it provides a means for exchanging opinions and solving disputes in a transparent way. The overall EB activity is commonly agreed upon procedures and standards.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-328
Number of pages8
JournalManagement of Biological Invasions
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Data quality
  • Database
  • Information system
  • Invasive alien species
  • Web platform

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