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Western Ghats Portal

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Presented at the EOL Global Content Summit by BR Ramesh from the French Institute of Pondicherry

Presented at the EOL Global Content Summit by BR Ramesh from the French Institute of Pondicherry

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  • The following domains have been booked. A page has been opened on the IBP machine. More development will happen in January.
  • Why do we need such a portal?
  • Why biodiversity information needs to be on public domain?
  • Why do we need such a portal?
  • Why do we need such a portal?
  • Why do we need such a portal?
  • Expand the projects here
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    • 1. The Western Ghats Portal http:// thewesternghats.in Jan 2012
    • 2. Background
      • Explosion in information and communication technology in India prompted many institutions to commission their own portal to disseminate knowledge
      • Portals developed by premier institutions like French Institute at Pondicherry ( http:// www.ifpindia.org/biodiversityportal ) and ATREE ( http:// www.ecoinfoindia.org / )
      • Initiation of IBP ( http:// www.indiabiodiversity.org ) endorsed by National Knowledge Commission
      • IBP facilitated forming the consortium of partners (IFP, ATREE, FES, NCF, NCBS, etc) to share data
      • And now, a Western Ghats focused effort to develop community owned biodiversity portal : An Open Collaborative Information System for the Western Ghats ( http:// thewesternghats.in )
    • 3. An Open Collaborative Information System for the Western Ghats Connect.. Share.. Disseminate
    • 4. Tenets of Western Ghats Portal
      • Biodiversity and conservation information is an essential social good and should be widely, publicly, and freely available over the internet
      • Biodiversity and ecosystem data are both geo-referenced and species-referenced. Thus, map-based systems are ideal for biodiversity informatics
      • Biodiversity informatics should harness collective intelligence, exploit the Long Tail, and aggregate the wisdom of the crowd
      Sources IFP 5-decade data WGP Partners Data CEPF Project Data Long-tail crowd-sourced data Information
    • 5. Current status
      • Biodiversity and conservation information is an essential social good and should be widely, publicly, and freely available over the internet
      • Datasets: map layers154, checklists 272, species pages 611, occurrence records 112127, number of species with occurrence records 13991
      • Modules: spatial data (map), species pages, collaboration (CEPF grantees), observation interface (in development)
      • Consultative meetings: Stakeholders consultative meetings, India biodiversity congress presentations, CEPF grantees meetings, biodiversity informatics workshop, YETI conference panel discussions.
      • Campaign for participation (in pipeline): Road shows along Western Ghats, Conference presentations
    • 6. Organization
      • Funded by CEPF until June 2013 : ~450K USD ($150K for development and $300K for campaign and content)
      • IFP (5 decades of work in the Western Ghats): data assimilation, curation and campaigns
      • Strand Life Sciences : platform development and campaigns
      • Partners (Care Earth, Zoo Outreach, RANWA, ABCT and more in 2012): contribute data and mobilize participation of their network
      • Governance:
        • Core team of IFP and ATREE with long term interests in biodiversity informatics of India
        • Strive to build a broader, participative and inclusive management and governance
    • 7. Challenges
      • Data mobilization:
        • Contributors’ concern: willingness to share data, meeting the expectations of each stakeholder groups and incentives for participation on the portal
        • Data quality and scale
      • Community building:
        • Getting stakeholders to contribute/use/build an online portal
        • Ownership of the portal
      • Sustainability:
        • Institutional commitments
        • Financial support
    • 8. Opportunities
      • Complimentary Efforts:
        • GEO BON
        • Pl@ntNet / Pl@ntGhat
        • Indian Bioresource Information Network (IBIN)
        • Man and Environment Observatory (OHMI)
        • Encyclopedia of Life Rubenstein Fellowship

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