Biodiversity Informatics And Co-Operation In Taxonomy For Interactive Shared Knowledge Base


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About the project Edit

The user friendly electronic BIOTIK identikit was developed to identify 528 tree species of Western Ghats, one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world. It was designed as a capacity building and research tool in taxonomy, biodiversity and species conservation. The software also allows easy backtracking of data if any suspicion arises at any stage. So it is a complete tree tracking and conservation package.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

This application was constructed by adopting a graphical interface system called "IDentification Assistée par Ordinateur" (IDAO), which integrates the most recent progress of graphical capabilities of the computers.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The result would primarily address the needs of stakeholders that are involved in maintaining and preserving these diverse rain forests, including the large scientific community working in these geographical areas and also the government agencies.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Manthan Award South Asia 2009, Award Winners 2009, E-SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT CATEGORY

Due to explosion in human population and other related issues, greenery is in grave danger of being completely wiped out. Even in the Western Ghats, which are safely one of the world's true bio-diversity hotspots. BIOTIK, based in Pondicherry, India, comes as a boon to all biodiversity lovers. It tracks not less than 528 tree species in the endangered regions. It uses a comprehensive software, developed in house, which allows easy back tracking of the trees. Such excellent work in tree conservation is what makes this project unique.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Human pressure on the environment has steadily increased throughout the last few decades, specially in South and Southeast Asia. This part of the world is also particularly rich in biodiversity such that sustainable methods for managing the environment, based on appropriate biological knowledge are in high demand.
The present project is an initiative in the emerging area of biodiversity informatics and aims to develop a knowledge base on two major “hotspots” of biodiversity: the rain forests in the Western Ghats of India and the Northern Annamite rain forests of Lao PDR (Myers N. et al., 2000).

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The partnership builds on the foundations of the pre-existing scientific collaboration between the various partners who have specialized in developing IT&C applications for taxonomy (IDAO) on one hand, and taxonomy itself on the other hand. The existing collaborative efforts are both at institutional level and through regional networks like European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN). The project also brings together the partners’ demonstrated capabilities in implementing similar actions, viz. a) the development of IDAO, the core module of the identification system by CIRAD, b) the application of IDAO in the field of mangroves species, funded by the European Commission and implemented by the IFP and the CIRAD.

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