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CANCELLED: Completeness of Digital Accessible Knowledge of the plants of Benin and priorities for future inventory and data discovery
Jean Cossi GANGLO

Last modified: 2016-11-22


Discovery of and access to primary biodiversity data (biodiversity occurrence data with three essential attributes: geographic location, collection date, and taxonomic identification) are critical components in informed decision-making regarding sustainable use of biological resources and conservation of biodiversity. Primary biodiversity data are increasingly available from Benin, but information about inventory completeness of biodiversity with regards to spatial resolution, geographic and environmental distances across the country is still lacking for most taxonomic groups. This study analyzed the digital accessible knowledge (DAK, i.e., part of the existing primary biodiversity data that is (1) in digital format, (2) published and freely accessible worldwide, and (3) integrated into the broader global storehouse of biodiversity information) for the plants of Benin to identify gaps in both geographic and environmental dimensions. Many gaps exist in plant data for Benin, particularly in the northern most departments; central and southern Benin are better known, but some gaps remain even there. The resulting view of Beninese DAK can guide future inventory and data discovery efforts.