Global Conference Identifies Priorities for Biodiversity Data Management
6 July 2012: The Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (GBIC) has agreed on key priorities to foster the use of information technologies and social networks to: improve understanding of the role of biodiversity in sustaining human lives and livelihoods; and support biodiversity conservation. Participants agreed to develop an outlook document that will set priorities for biodiversity informatics, with a view to establishing an effective system for forecast and rapid response.
Organized by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and other partners, GBIC 2012 was held from 2-4 July 2012, in Copenhagen, Denmark. It aimed to identify critical areas for investment and coordination to develop innovative tools for the monitoring and management of biological resources for food security, human health and more sustainable economic development.
The planned outlook document will develop achievable outcomes for a five- or ten-year timeline, building on existing initiatives and contributing to the overall vision of a global biodiversity intelligence system. The document will include the following areas for action: engaging the public in a global biodiversity knowledge network; capturing the complexity of interactions among species; improving predictive and modelling capability; expanding existing networks; and understanding microbial organisms. [GBIC Press Release] [GBIC Website]