Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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SiB Colombia: Sharing and accessing biodiversity data
Dairo Escobar, Daniel Amariles, María Fernanda Gómez, Karen Soacha, Néstor Beltrán, Camila Plata, Marcela Delgado, Leonardo Buitrago, Valentina Grajales, Oscar Duque, María Fernanda Cubillos, Hugo Escobar, Carlos Cubillos, Juan Bello

Building: Elmia Congress Centre, Jönköping
Room: Rydbergsalen
Date: 2014-10-29 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Last modified: 2014-10-04


Primary biodiversity data are critical to support research, and education processes, as well as decision-making related to knowledge, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Colombia, as one of the megadiverse countries in the world, has a significant volume of these data, which a few years ago become gray after the conclusion of the projects that produced them. Recently, advances in information technologies have allowed biodiversity informatics community to develop processes and infrastructures to release and made available biodiversity data in a standardized and interoperable way.

The Colombian biodiversity community has identified needs and challenges pointing to an established national infrastructure that provide open access to primary biodiversity information. In response to this, the Colombian Biodiversity Information System (SiB Colombia) was structured as a national and collaborative initiative that uses and implements cutting edge technologies in order to provide free and open access to biodiversity data to build a sustainable society. This initiative facilitates not only the online publication of biodiversity information but also its access by a wide variety of audiences.

Today, SiB Colombia shares around 2 million species occurrences and 3.500 species profiles from over 20 institutions, which represent about 80% of the species of vertebrates and plants reported for Colombia. The increase in the species occurrences is constant over time, thanks to broad participation of different ONG’s, universities, environmental authorities, research institutions, biological collections and thematic networks, who have decided to publish their data. This model of publication integrates and supports global initiatives like GBIF, as well as DwC (Darwin Core) and GMP (GBIF Metadata Profile) standards to manage data and metadata. The integration is reflected in our custom user tools: IPT (Integrated Publishing Toolkit) and Data Portal. Despite the open access to these platforms, we strongly recommend that our users properly cite all the downloaded information.

This presentation describes the SiB Colombia model and infrastructure, developed as a platform for publishing and accessing primary biodiversity data, its growth in recent years, its integration with global networks such as GBIF and the different challenges and perspectives for the future.