Related Initiatives

Atlas of Living Australia (Australia)

The Atlas of Livin Australia (ALA) is a national initiative to bring together information, and in particular research data, about Australian plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms.

Existing information about Australian species is distributed across countless databases, specimen catalogues from musuems and herbaria, printed literature, images and other multimedia, and hundred of websites.

The ALA is working to integrate this dispersed information to provide as complete a picture as possible for each species, and to make it easier to record, manage and analyse biodiversity data.

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Germplasm Bank of Wild Species – Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is a leading academic institution and comprehensive research and development center in natural science, technological science and high-tech innovation in China.

It was founded in Beijing on 1st November 1949 on the basis of the former Academia Sinica (Central Academy of Sciences) and Peiping Academy of Sciences.

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CRIA – Reference Centre on Environmental Information (Brazil)

The Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental, CRIA (Reference Center on Environmental Information) is a not-for-profit, non-government organization. Its aim is to contribute towards a more sustainable use of Brazil’s biodiversity through the dissemination of high quality information and education.

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Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is the foundation of new innovative environmental science through a distributed framework and sustainable cyberinfrastructure that meets the needs of science and society for open, persistent, robust, and secure access to well-described and easily discovered Earth observational data.

Supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation as one of the initial DataNets, DataONE will ensure the preservation, access, use and reuse of multi-scale, multi-discipline, and multi-national science data via three principle cyberinfrastucture elements and a broad education and outreach program.

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GBIF – Global Biodiversity Information Facility (World)

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) was established by governments in 2001 to encourage free and open access to biodiversity data, via the Internet. Through a global network of countries and organizations, GBIF promotes and facilitates the mobilization, access, discovery and use of information about the occurrence of organisms over time and across the planet.

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The Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network – GEO BON – coordinates activities relating to the Societal Benefit Area (SBA) on Biodiversity of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). Some 100 governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations are collaborating through GEO BON to organize and improve terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity observations globally and make their biodiversity data, information and forecasts more readily accessible to policymakers, managers, experts and other users. Moreover, GEO BON has been recognized by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The Biodiversity Observation Network is both a Community of Practice and a Task in the GEO Work Plan. It is a voluntary partnership that is guided by a steering committee comprising the key stakeholders, including DIVERSITAS, GBIF, IUCN, NASA, UNEP-WCMC and others. GEO BON draws on GEO’s work on data-sharing principles to promote full and open exchange of data, and on the GEOSS Common Infrastructure to enable interoperability through adoption of consistent standards.

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LifeWatch (Europe)

LifeWatch is the future European research infrastructure for biodiversity science, planned to be constructed in 2011 – 2016. The infrastructure will offer data and services for biodiversity research, including evolutionary, genetic, ecological, landscape and conservation aspects. A wealth of scientific resources including data, tools, workflows, methods and expert knowledge will be made available through the LifeWatch open access environment.
LifeWatch services will provide possibilities to manipulate and combine resources to generate new knowledge. In virtual labs, created in the LifeWatch environment, researchers all over Europe will be able to conduct multidisciplinary research, exploring new frontiers in biodiversity science. Knowledge and expertise will be at service not only to scientists, but also to governmental policymakers, ngo’s, and the general public.

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SANBI (South Africa)

The South African National Biodiversity Institute is responsible for exploring, revealing, celebrating and championing biodiversity for the benefit and enjoyment of all South Africans.

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) leads and coordinates research, and monitors and reports on the state of biodiversity in South Africa. The institute provides knowledge and information, gives planning and policy advice and pilots best-practice management models in partnership with stakeholders. SANBI engages in ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation, leads the human capital development strategy of the sector and manages the National Botanical Gardens as ‘windows’ to South Africa’s biodiversity for enjoyment and education.

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