The concept behind this course is to take some next steps in combining the content and ideas of several previous BITC courses: data capture, data cleaning, data analysis, etc. The idea is to analyze a set of data sets in parallel as regards a series of questions of interest. The data sets will be significant, original, regional summaries of the occurrence and diversity of major taxa: e.g., “birds of Zimbabwe,” “plants of the Ethiopian Highlands,” “frogs of the Congo Basin,” etc. The expectation is that these data sets will be substantive and significant: that is, more than just a download of GBIF-enabled data records. The trainees in this course will work closely with a team of four experts in developing a standard set of analyses, as well as analyses specific to the particular taxon and region. Analyses will be summarized in the form of research papers and published as a set of papers in a special issue of Biodiversity Informatics (https://journals.ku.edu/index.php/jbi).
All researchers, students, technicians, planners, managers, and other interested persons from across Africa are welcome to apply. Approximately 10 applicants from outside Benin will be selected to participate in the training course, and some local participants will be admitted as well.
Completed applications are due no later than 15 APRIL 2014 and applicants accepted to the training course will be notified by approximately 1 May 2014. Application materials and any questions regarding the application process may be addressed to the course organizers (Town Peterson is the project director) at BiodivTraining@gmail.com.
- Peterson, A. Townsend (Main organiser)