Technical meeting and sensitization for information providers on biodiversity.

A technical meeting was organized by GBIF Madagascar in partnership with REBIOMA (Madagascar Biodiversity Network) and SIST (Scientific and Technical Information System) December 19, 2007 at CeRSAE Ampandrianomby, Antananarivo.

Sixty eight participants (68) from thirty eight (38) institutions and environmental organizations attended the meeting.

The objective of this meeting was to incite and encourage people who can provide information and data on the biodiversity of Madagascar in order to share them online and make them easily accessible to the national and international scientific community.

During the meeting, presentations on various initiatives have succeeded as follows:
SIST Madagascar presented by its Director Mr Peter Ravelonandro which highlighted the following lines:

- Situation and context for Madagascar
- Strategies and Policies
- Collaboration and Partners
- The contents of the system
- Capacity building
- Infrastructure and equipment
- Funding
- The outlook for Madagascar.
Madagascar GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) presented by its coordinator
Jaona Ranaivo who told of:
- Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and its purpose
- Guiding principles of GBIF
- National node
- Steering Committee and its functions
- And its benefits
The coordinator of REBIOMA (Madagascar Biodiversity Network), M. Dimby
RAZAFIMPAHANANA presented REBIOMA Web Portal:
- Its overall objective
- Different types of data to share
- Data checking by experts
- Some results and applications for conservation.

 


These are all portals that have initiative to share data on Biodiversity in Madagascar, but they each have their own specificities. An opportunity was given to participants to present current initiatives in terms of sharing and on-line data on biodiversity include: PROTA of PBZT (Botanical and Zoological Park of Tsimbazaza), TROPICOS, API and ALUKA of MBG (Missouri Botanical Garden), CWR of FOFIFA, CHM-CBD ONE (Office National de l\'environment) ARSIE (Association of the network of environmental information systems), ALL BIODIVERSITY DATABASE CI (Conservation International), RAY, GEMES and E-government of President, etc ... Then, the technical and technological portals in question (SIST, GBIF, REBIOMA) was demonstrated. Group work followed the question and answer session in the context of strengthening the initiative online sharing of information and data on the biodiversity of Madagascar. Two topics were discussed:

Topic 1: The primary data on biodiversity; Topic 2: Documents relating to biodiversity.
The following questions were addressed by two groups:
- What are the data (group 1) and documents (group 2) priority to find online?
- What are the major obstacles to overcome?
- What are the actions to be taken within 6, 12 and 24 months as part of this initiative?
- What other recommendations would you make?

 


Organizations and institutions which represented at the meeting of technical education were:
ANDEA, ANDEA / Spree, ANGAP, Arsi, ASITY ASSOCIATION, Langaha ASSOCIATION, Vahatra ASSOCIATION, BIODEV, BirdLife International MADAGASCAR, CI, CIDST, CNRE, CNRO, CWR / FOFIFA, DBA, DBEV / MS DERAD, DGEEF / DSAP, DWCT, ESSA FORESTS, FOFIFA, GERP, INSTN, ISSEG, MADAGASIKARA VOAKAJY, MBG, MENRES, MICET, ONESF, PBZT, PFN-RAIE/MEEFT, PGDRN / GTZ, RBG Kew, SAGE. SCGIS, SNGF, THE PEREGRINE FUND, WCS

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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.

JRS REPORT RELEASE
 
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.


 

NEW GRANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
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:
JRS NEWS
 
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.
MEDIA COVERAGE
 
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)
DATA PRODUCTS AND RELEASES
 
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:
CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
 
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.