[Taxacom] International Conference on Biodiversity Informatics

Mark Costello markcost at gmail.com
Wed Feb 27 17:04:50 CST 2008

International Conference on Biodiversity Informatics 

London, 1-5 June 2009 (tentative) 

Around the time that the first humans landed on the moon, countries began to
realize that their efforts to explore space were better organized and funded
than efforts to understand Planet Earth. Since that time, remote sensing,
ecosystem studies, biodiversity inventories and other initiatives have
assembled enormous bodies of data in computerized databases, now available
through the internet. The new field of biodiversity informatics emerged,
bringing together data on: 

            . species, higher taxonomic units, and their geographic

            . specimens preserved in museums, herbaria and other
repositories; and 

            . observations on organismal properties such as digital images
and gene sequences. 


The information that is now becoming available, thanks to biodiversity
informatics, is revolutionizing research in biology and is opening new
approaches to managing natural resources, promoting sustainable development,
and protecting biodiversity and the environment. The most exciting
development in biodiversity informatics over the past 5-10 years has been
the growth of interconnections among these databases. Developers of large
research databases and data sharing networks are creating a seamless global
web of biodiversity information, enabling a new generation of integrative
research and diverse new and exciting applications. 

This emerging field will be the subject of e-Biosphere 09: The International
Conference on Biodiversity Informatics, a five-day conference in London1.
The conference will be divided into two segments: an open meeting to engage
users and developers, followed by a smaller planning meeting. The first
three days of the conference will be an open meeting at which; 

            . Database developers will see and discuss the emerging
connectivity among databases; 

            . Researchers will hear about and see the state of the art in
biodiversity informatics; and 

            . Officials from government agencies and NGOs will learn how
biodiversity informatics provides a new scientific basis for policy
decisions in conservation, agriculture, sustainable development and land


Presentations, software demonstrations, panel discussions, and open
discussions will: 

            . Demonstrate the latest capabilities for integrative research
across diverse data types; 

            . Highlight the discoveries that have been enabled by
integrative biodiversity informatics; 

            . Present practical applications in policy, regulation and
management; and 

            . Give users and potential users of biodiversity information an
opportunity to provide input to database developers and operators on their
needs and priorities. 


The results of the open meeting will set the stage for a smaller two-day
planning meeting. Invited representatives of the most active biodiversity
informatics initiatives will develop an integrative roadmap for the coming
decade of work in biodiversity informatics and agree to a collaborative plan
of action. 

The organizing committee invites expressions of interest from leaders of
initiatives across the full spectrum of biodiversity informatics. Planning
for the e-Biosphere 09 conference is in its early stage and wide
participation is welcome. Please contact inquiries at e-biosphere09.org. 

1 e-Biosphere 09 is being hosted by The Natural History Museum London and is
being organized by a partnership among the world's major biodiversity
informatics initiatives: Encyclopedia of Life, Global Biodiversity
Information Facility (GBIF); Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS);
European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT); Catalogue of Life;
Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL); BioNET-INTERNATIONAL;
Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN); J.R.S Biodiversity
Foundation, Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization



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Dr Mark J. Costello, Associate Professor,
Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland,
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