[Taxacom] Biodiversity Collections Index
gkamp at uiuc.edu
Wed Jan 16 13:12:09 CST 2008
I wondered if you were aware of the efforts of the US National
Science Foundation in this endeavor? When I attended the AIBS
(American Institute of Biological Sciences) Council meeting last May,
the following was presented
Progress report: Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections
and its Activities
* Judith Skog, Deputy Division Director, Division for Biological
AIBS met in conjunction with the Natural Science Collections Alliance
http://www.nscalliance.org/index.asp, who also had a presentation on
this topic, where the groups were going to be working together. At
least as far as the North American (beyond??) collections go, they
had questionnaires etc. that they were prepared to distribute on this
I don't have my notes from this meeting at my fingertips, but it
seems that if you haven't already, that joining forces here would
make a lot of sense. Here is a link that NSCA provided on its
website http://www.nscalliance.org/new_noteworthy.asp#15, which
references the website they have started...
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Subject: [Taxacom] Biodiversity Collections Index
I wish to announce the start of a project to build the Biodiversity
Collections Index (BCI).
BCI aims to facilitate the understanding, conservation and
utilisation of global biodiversity by creating a single annotated
index of all collections of biodiversity materials used in research.
BCI intends to do this by collaborating with the organisations and
individuals who curate these collections and the information about
Note that this is an index to every collection containing specimens
not every specimen.
Please visit the initial project website to read more about the
project. There is a page for you to register your interest. If you do
this you will be kept informed of developments up to the launch of
the system in the summer. Importantly there is also an FAQ page as
many people have similar questions on first hearing about the project.
A kick-off meeting is being held in Washington DC at the end of the
month. You can read more about this on the associated TDWG NCD wiki
If you have issues that you think should be raised at the meeting
please contact the most relevant participant or me directly. We plan
to add the minutes to the NCD wiki as the meeting progresses.
I hope that BCI can be of service to our community over the coming years.
Roger at BiodiversityCollectionsIndex.org
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