The data accumulated on public access sites will be aggregated and will over time be a most important resource for reasearch and understanding of patterns of biodiversity and will help conservation.
While SA, England, and Sweden have robust and active sites for observation postings, we are just about fledging. In this area. Over two months SA ispot has thousands of postings, while India is just picking up. What is it that people are looking for.
WGP Observation Interface
Building a CollaborativeParticipative Portal: http://thewesternghats.in http://indiabiodiversity.org August 2012
Questions to Explore• Is biodiversity information important and should it be public?• Biodiversity and conservation information is an essential social good and should be widely, publicly, and freely available over the internet• What is a structure to organize biodiversity information?• Biodiversity and ecosystem data are both geo-referenced and species-referenced. Thus, map-based systems are ideal for biodiversity informatics• How do we aggregate and publish biodiversity information?• Biodiversity informatics should harness collective intelligence, exploit the Long Tail, and aggregate the wisdom of the crowd• Our experiments, experiences and the way forward?• Large scale participation and contribution is key!! But How??
Biodiversity Portal Modules• The Species Pages: One page for species; carefully curated, standards compliant• Map Module: Spatial distributions of biodiversity and its correlates; interactive and queries; downloadable• Checklist Module: List of species of biodiversity rich areas
Data Policy• Open access to information• Information on Creative Commons License• Choice of Creative Commons Licenses• Clear attribution and credits• Complete transparency and trust
Observation Module• Crowd-source biodiversity information• Stand up and contribute to conservation• Build social networks for conservation• Contribute to science
Life of an Observation• User creates an Observation with media, location, species call and comments• Others agree with species call, make species call, add comments and flag• Curators use observation and notes to enrich species pages• Over time observations aggregate to enrich distributions of species, etc.
Groups Structure• Assumptions • Social networks operate in tight groups • Well knit social groups share and exchange better • Social groups like to retain individuality and identity• Groups Structure with • Groups founders • Group experts • Groups members • Group Followers • All others
Group Function• Post Observations• Activity Feed• Comment and conversation• Validate and Moderate• Include Species pages and Map Layers• Share documents• … and more … events, voting, mail…
Type Join Posting Validation Only founders andHighly Controlled Members decided Only founders and experts canGroups by Founders experts can post validate Members canMedium Members have Members can invite otherControlled Groups limited postings validate members Everybody can Everybody canOpen Groups Any user can join post validate
Roles Membership Postings ValidationsFounders X X XExperts X X XMembers X XFollowersAll Others X