Introduction to data sharing


People are increasingly realising the need to collect in depth and ongoing data on invasive non-native species and their distribution. Because of this we have seen a boom in the number of ways data is collected.

This is a positive step towards ensuring sufficient data is available to make informed decisions on environmental issues. However, we need to make sure that the data is in a useable format.

And as converting data into similar and compatible formats is a potentially time consuming and costly task. We can make everything easier for ourselves by collecting the data in a compatible way in the first place.


By planning data collection we can minimise the cost and usability issues.

LISI has created a standard data collection sheet for London. This is freely available to anyone interested. The aim is to encourage people and organisations to collect data in a similar format from the outset.

To aid joint working, we have included a selection of case studies on this website to highlight work that is already being completed. Get in touch if you have a case study you are happy to share.

We are also keen that you let us know of any management work you have carried out.

Interestingly most of these activities are surprisingly simple and of course are already carried out by many people with the sector but there is still more that can be done to increase efficiency.

There are also many opportunities to work with partners such as Greenspace Information for Greater London CIC (GiGL), London’s environmental record centre. GiGL hold, manage and distribute environmental data on behalf of existing data collectors and managers.

Recommended Action

There are a range of ways you can help build better data sharing processes into your activities or business, this can be done by answering the following:

  1. What data do you already collect? what format is it in and is it collected in the same format across your organisation or group?
  2. Consider what data you already have, do you share these with your Local Record Centre?
  3. How often do you share your data, and is it being considered in local biodiversity management and action?
  4. When collecting INNS location and distribution data do you use LISI’s standard format where possible?
  5. Do you investigate possible local shared working by contacting your relevant LRC and other possible local partners?

If you answered ‘no’ or if you are unsure to any of the questions above there might be more that you can be doing and we might be able to help improve this so feel free to get in touch.