[Taxacom] Biodiversity data and ABS

Robert Guralnick Robert.Guralnick at colorado.edu
Sun Nov 11 14:41:24 CST 2012


   Steve Kelling from Cornell Ornithology Labs can talk more eloquently
about this than I can, but a number of mobile app developers are using
e-Bird data to make available contextual information about bird sightings.
 And in fact this has always been a marketplace for our natural history
data --- as long as I have been a Curator, we have had commercial requests
for species data -- mostly biogegraphy-type questions but occassionally
other types of requests too.

   My view is that much like commercial entities use government generated
weather forecasts.... as we move into the realm of better assembly of
global biodiversity data, and then creation of information and knowledge,
there will be a market for its use in all kinds of endeavors.  This is both
a threat and opportunity but lets focus more on the second aspect than the
first.

   I also agree with Rod about Vizzuality, although the core business model
there might be aligned more towards its cloud-based database and mapping
tools, especially CartoDB (http://cartodb.com/).  This all feeds back
around, since CartoDB is an excellent platform that we use for our Map of
Life (http://mappinglife.org) project ---  which is a public resource.

Best, Rob



On Sun, Nov 11, 2012 at 1:27 PM, Roderic Page <r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk> wrote:

> Regarding the original question regarding "commercial use of biodiversity
> data", this seems rather vague. Notions of intellectual property, which
> seem to underly  "access and benefit sharing" don't always make sense in
> the context of data (one could indeed argue that "intellectual property" is
> a toxic notion to be avoided, but that's another story).
>
> A lot of biodiversity data is made available only under explicitly
> non-commercial licenses, or is given away freely. Of course, there is a lot
> of data which is not made available at all, or only under restrictive
> licenses. For a discussion of some of these issues see
> http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.150.2189
>
> So, in one sense if data is given away for free then you will struggle to
> find commercial uses, unless your definition of commercial use extends to
> things such as consultancy, software development, services, etc. For
> example, companies such as Vizzuality http://vizzuality.com/ use (for the
> most part) freely available data (e.g., GBIF, Wikipedia, Flickr) to create
> projects such as http://protectedplanet.net/ and http://rlat.kew.org/. I
> would argue that companies like Vizzuality are examples of commercial use
> of biodiversity data (and the growth of such companies would be a sign of
> an emerging market for applications of biodiversity data).
>
> Regards
>
> Rod
>
>
> On 8 Nov 2012, at 13:05, Fabian Haas wrote:
>
> > Hello,
> >
> > I am currently working on a paper on Access and benefit Sharing, GBIF,
> > EoL and others, and Information Sharing. I section will deal with
> > commercial use of biodiversity data.
> >
> > Somehow I am unable to locate concrete commercial examples of the use
> > biodiversity data. Most seems uncommercial, at least non-profit or
> > scientific.
> >
> > Do you have any ideas? Links, pdfs or key words are welcomed.
> >
> > best Fabian
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