Western Ghats Portal

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

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Western Ghats Portal

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

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