Unlocking biodiversity data: Prioritization and filling the gaps in biodiversity observation data in Europe

  title={Unlocking biodiversity data: Prioritization and filling the gaps in biodiversity observation data in Europe},
  author={Florian Tobias Wetzel and Heather C Bingham and Quentin John Groom and Peter Haase and Urmas K{\~o}ljalg and Michael Kuhlmann and Corinne Martin and Lyubomir Penev and Tim Robertson and Hannu Saarenmaa and Dirk S. Schmeller and Stefan Stoll and Jonathan D. Tonkin and Christoph L H{\"a}user},
  journal={Biological Conservation},

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