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REBIOMA (Madagascar's Biodiversity network)

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REBIOMA's data portal


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Page for experts and data owner in the data portal


Workshop training on the control of primary data on biodiversity

As part of the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity (AIB), REBIOMA (Madagascar Biodiversity Network) in collaboration with the Directorate of Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Areas System (MEF / SG / DGF DCB / SAP), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Madagascar Biodiversity Information Facility (MadBIF) and Madagascar Development Learning Center (MDLC), organized a training focused especially on the use and control of primary data on biodiversity, supported by START ( Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training).

Indeed, in recent years, the main objective was to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss- a goal that has proven difficult, both to measure the current state of biodiversity or to implement measures and practices for biodiversity, so a pragmatic solution is first to control data that is already in our possession in order to fill gaps and to try to reverse the trend.

The training was taking place during one week from Monday, May 31, 2010 to Friday, June 4, 2010 at Madagascar Learning Development Center in Anosy. This was an opportunity for us to celebrate already the Global Day of Biodiversity.

At the end of this workshop, participants not only could create a database of quality standards following occurrences DarwinCore, manipulate the data to be shared online, but also to enhance the data for conservation through ecological niche modeling. Also, they could train as a trainer others colleagues for the acquired good practice.

Event description:

Following the various workshops:
- August 2007: Data Quality and Species Modelling (UNEP / GEF / CWR)
- November 2007: Awareness technical meeting for information providers on Biological Diversity (REBIOMA, GBIF, SIST)
- January 2008: Workshop on Species Distribution Modeling (REBIOMA)
- November 2008: Workshop presentation / test REBIOMA Data Portal (REBIOMA)
- November 2009: Workshop on digitization and publication of data on biodiversity. (GBIF)

This training workshop was a summary of achievements, an update in relation to different software and technical, it will be much more focused on practice.

Target participants:

The training was free with limited places of 30 participants including trainers.

The training was for managers or managers of databases on biodiversity, scientific researchers, technicians with significant experience in the biological sciences and biodiversity, and the use and management of digital data on biodiversity and GIS tools (such as ESRI, DIVA-GIS, etc.) and of course the desktop control.

Those who had completed training on the same theme had priority.

Items required for application:

The candidate must have at least a series of observational data of one (1) species containing a minimum the following information in Excel format of preference:
” Data with spatial coordinates: Latitude and Longitude (X and Y)
” Data from at least eight (8) observations with the dates (years) of observations if possible
” The minimum distance between two points of observation is at least one kilometer (1 km)

The training was during five (5) days (Monday to Friday).

Selected candidates were working on their data set up to five (5) hours of the afternoon.

Training materials (courses, software, etc.), computers with broadband connection, lunch and coffee breaks were being provided.

The entry forms were sent as an attachment by email by Friday, May 17, 2010, at the following address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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JRS Biodiversity Foundation

La compilation des actualités de la J.R.S Biodiversity Foundation pour le premier semestre 2015:

  1. Les résultats d’une enquête indépendante sur la disponibilité et l’accessibilité des données en ligne de la JRS
  2. L’appel aux nouveaux candidats pour leur Board Of Trustrees
  3. L’attribution de financement pour 9 nouveaux projets, pour un montant de plus de $925,000
  4. Les actualités internes de la JRS
  5. La JRS Biodiversity Foundation et leurs bénéficiaires dans les médias
  6. Les nouvelles publications sur la biodiversité
  7. Les ateliers et conférences

January 2015 - July 2015


JRS News and Happenings

Dear Colleagues,

We're happy to share this compilation of news from the JRS Biodiversity Foundation and our grantees that we've posted this year.

JRS has a commitment to share what we're learning from our grantees. In that spirit, we publish the report highlighted below titled "Show me the Data."  We hope that this is the first of many such publications from JRS and we welcome your comments and ideas.

Show Me the Data!
We are pleased to announce the release of a study we commissioned on the accessibility of JRS grantee data. In 2014, JRS contracted Jante LLC to conduct an independent review of expected data products from 49 JRS-funded projects. The results suggested that biodiversity information was less discoverable and accessible than hoped. However, interviews with grantees provided the framework for a set of recommendations to projects with data-sharing goals, and formed the basis for a new JRS Data Sharing Policy. Read more here.

JRS News


JRS Seeks New Trustees for 2016



JRS invites you to suggest candidates for our international Board of Trustees for consideration to serve in 2016-2019.  We seek talented leaders with a proven passion for JRS’ mission and expertise that combines at least two of: conservation, policy, organizational development or biodiversity informatics. Suggestions for candidates or inquires will be held in confidence and may be sent to nominations@jrsbiodiversity.org.


Welcome to the newest JRS Grantees
JRS announced nine grant awards during the second funding cycle of 2014, totaling more than $925,000 in project support and are pleased to announce our first 2015 grant to NatureServe for policy studies in South America:

Improving access to biodiversity information in Africa: Improving access to biodiversity information in Latin America: Biodiversity data policy research in Africa: Biodiversity data policy research in South America:
Here's what's up at JRS...

In January, JRS welcomed the newest board member, Souleymane Konaté, Professor in ecology at the University Nangui Abrogoua (Côte d'Ivoire). Read more about Dr. Konaté here.

Glass Pockets, the Foundation Center's initiative to promote transparency in philanthropy, featured a post by Don on their Transparency Talk blog. Read the post here.
Grantees in the News
Read some of the press coverage highlights of JRS Grantee activities:
  • Louis Liebenberg advocates for the use of citizen science technologies like CyberTracker in democratizing biodiversity data collection (JRS News Item)
  • Premier of "The Bat Man of Mexico" BBC documentary featuring Rodrigo Medellín covered by Tim Sohn in the New Yorker. (JRS News Item). You can also read about how Medellín's work informed a tri-national agreement to protect bats here.
  • Voice America features an interview with Joyce Poole from ElephantVoices. (JRS News Item)
  • The American Scientist blog featured a post by David C. Blackburn from the California Academy of Sciences on the need for biology education in Africa. (JRS News Item)
Making Biodiversity Data Available
JRS grantees have released a number of new data products this year, documenting both historic biodiversity, and ongoing global changes. Read about each of the projects below on the JRS news site:
Meetings of the (Biodiversity) Minds
Conferences and workshops advance the JRS mission by facilitating collaboration and networking of biodiversity information professionals. In May, Africa Rising: Mobilizing biodiversity data for sustainable development, funded in part by JRS, convened in Cape Town, South Africa with 100 delegates representing 21 African countries. The conference launched GBIF-led Biodiversity Information for Development, aimed at exploring ways to connect data generators to data users in the biodiversity data lifecycle (News Item).

Still upcoming is the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) conference in Nairobi, Kenya (Sep 28-Oct 1). This os the first time the meeting will be held in Africa (read here), an effort supported by JRS with the goal of increasing the African voice in discussions about using biodiversity data in conservation.