Having developed largely independently of each other, the GBIF nodes of the Latin America and Caribbean region have implemented different solutions for organizing and displaying biodiversity data and deploying related information services. This fragmented approach has often come with high costs, particularly in terms of supporting individual bespoke solutions.
To represent the region's natural capital effectively in all its richness, the project team led by SiBBr (Sistema de Informação sobre a Biodiversidade Brasileira) will organize a workshop to explore their experience, capacity and challenges as they aim to exchange knowledge, methodologies and tools for sharing and using biodiversity data and information in the regional scenario.
For example, Brazil, Costa Rica and Argentina have each opted for customized Living Atlases, successfully deploying certain modules to facilitate data analysis and visualization. This approach, however, places specific demands on integrating national taxonomic databases and species information.
The project will encourage participants to address common issues together, such as
- Building and improving national-scale taxonomic databases
- Identifying tools and approaches that consolidate species catalogs quickly and efficiently
- Simplifying the implementation, support and maintenance of national data portals, reporting and visualisation
The workshop may also identify partnership opportunities for implementing common solutions that simplify data management and increase the national systems' long-term sustainability. Such improved cooperation between the region's nodes may also increase the confidence of both publishers and users of national information systems.
The project began with a kick-off meeting between partners to organize the project’s roadmap and discuss implementation, and during the first six months, held virtual meetings to define a strategy to address the main themes of the project, which would be developed in three modules: 1. National Taxonomic Databases; 2. Species catalogs; and 3. Data visualization.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions the project realized early on it was not going to possible to hold the workshop as original scheduled. Thus the project start to place more emphasis on training and exchange experiences through the virtual meetings, which were designed to build a more accurate diagnosis of the expectations and difficulties of each participating node, thus enabling better performance and focusing on the needs of each country during the workshop.
The project built a form and distributed this to participating countries with three main questions for the three modules; key questions, webinar suggestions and workshop expectations. After evaluation of this, the main points of convergence between participating countries partners were identified for each module.
A section on the SiBBr website has been created by the project team to display the results of this project.