Unpublished theses represent a vast and untapped source of biodiversity information in Southeast Asia, and Indonesia is no exception. As the largest country in Southeast Asia, the volume of research deposited in various research reports produced by Indonesian universities could exceed published scientific literature and gray literature combined. Unfortunately, very few of these theses are publicly available, hence the gap in Indonesian ecological data.
The Biodiversity Theses Database project (Biodiverskripsi) seeks to increase the accessibility of local biodiversity research in Indonesia by collating ecological monitoring data from student theses in a sustainable platform to assist with research and national policies concerning conservation. This project will utilize data inherent in undergraduate student theses, Masters and PhD dissertations in the form of sampling-event data from at least five Indonesian universities produced from 2000 to 2017. The project is led by Tambora Muda Indonesia, a network of young Indonesian conservation enthusiasts working to increase the contribution of conservationists in Indonesia to national biodiversity conservation practices. Together with the Indonesian GBIF node, InaBIF, the initiative will be able to boost the popularity of biodiversity research for use in future research and policy needs.