This initial meeting was held to discuss the details of the BIFA project, The Biodiversity Theses Database, and to outline the commitments and expectations for potential partners involved in data publishing. An aim of the meeting was for partners interested in the project to be formally recognised with a collaboration agreement to be signed later in the programme.
In attendance were representatives from Universitas Sumatera Utara (University of North Sumatera) from Medan, Universitas Gadjah Mada (University of Gadjah Mada) from Yogyakarta, Universitas Papua (University of Papua) from Manokwari, Universitas Indonesia (University of Indonesia) from Depok, and Institut Pertanian Bogor (Bogor Institute of Agriculture) from Bogor.
The meeting allowed for a lot of input to the project, especially about the concearn of most Indonesian universities in data sharing activities. The meeting also enriched the discussion between universities on how they maintain their research results in their libraries and information systems.