BIN21 - Univ. Reading Herbarium News 30
jrc at ANBG.GOV.AU
Wed Jan 6 14:38:51 CST 1993
[ extract from University of Reading, Plant Science Laboratories,
Herbarium News 30: 10, 14 Dec 1992 ]
Herbarium News readers may be interested to hear of this Network and
may wish to contact members of the interim steering committee by
email (see below).
A Workshop on the Needs and Specifications for a Biodiversity
Information Network, held at the Tropical Data Base, Campinas,
Brazil, July 26-31, 1992, was attended by 35 people from a number of
international organisations. It was made available online through a
variety of electronic networks which were accessed by some 200
people, 30 of whom sent contributions to the discussions.
The purpose of the Network is to support and encourage protection of
the environment and conservation of the genetic resources inherent in
its biodiversity. In order to pursue this object and support the
Biodiversity Convention and Agenda 21 (Chapters 15 and 40) of the Rio
Summit June 1992, the following recommendations were agreed. These
will be distributed widely so that the biodiversity community has the
opportunity to comment and express its interest.
1. The initiative will be known as the Biodiversity Information
Network 21. The network will facilitate access to all levels
of information (from molecular to biosphere) and will combine
the knowledge within each discipline, furthering the
of biodiversity of living systems. Such an effort will
identify and seek to fill the gaps, leading to new research
and more informed policy decisions.
2. The goal will be to exchange information by electronic
means whenever possible, but to include other ways of
communication as needed by the network participants. To
achieve a global electronic access, support should be
provided to regions where facili
ties do not exist.
3. It will be a distributed network that will link many
different sources of information across the world and will
operate on a not-for-profit basis. Such a design is
scientifically, economically and politically practicable,
allowing effort and resources
to be shared.
4. The network will be open to a wide range of user groups
including, but not limited to scientists, teachers, natural
resource managers, policy makers, regulatory and legislative
agencies and public interest groups. The needs of the user
be actively sought to enable their requirements to be met
5. The network will actively encourage the free exchange of
information on a worldwide basis and will also encourage the
standardisation of information and methodology.
6. A Secretariat will be established as a focal point and
clearing house to facilitate and coordinate the flow of
information among those with an interest in biodiversity.
7. Cooperating groups will be established with the purpose of
encouraging participation and regional development.
Collaboration with existing centres will be encouraged in
order to prevent duplication of efforts already underway and
to promote efficient use of funds. Support for developing
countries to ensure global participation will be an important
8. Initially, an interim Steering Committee will be set up to
coordinate immediate activities and seek funding. It will be
supported by a number of Working Groups. These working
groups will advise in areas such as: Technical Issues,
Outreach, Training a
nd Editorial/Moderating Functions.
9. An initial activity will be to design and develop a
Directory of Biodiversity Information Resources, drawing on
existing directories. It will be made widely available by
all possible means.
10. The involvement and support of other organisations and
initiatives working within biodiversity will be solicited.
The following names are of people to start the working groups'
activities; they are interested in finding interested
people/experts/volunteers willing to help with the work and expand
the Groups. If you are interested in participating, please send an
ail to the people directly involved.
Interim Steering Committee
B Kirsop (msdn at cgnet.com)
A Whitworth (anthony at igc.org)
J McComb (johnm at wcmc.co.uk)
B Dias (braulio at bdt.ftpt.ansp.br)
>From root Mon Jan 1 00:00:00 1970
Jury, Stephen L. SBSJURY at READING.AC.UK (Internet) Herb. Curator (RNG)
Department of Botany, Univ. of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading,
RG6 2AS, United Kingdom Ph (44) 734318169 FAX (44) 734753676
Jim Croft [Herbarium CBG] internet: jrc at anbg.gov.au
Australian National Botanic Gardens voice: +61-6-2509 490
GPO Box 1777, Canberra, ACT 2601, AUSTRALIA fax: +61-6-2509 599
______a division of the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service______
More information about the Taxacom