[Taxacom] Biodiversity data and ABS

Fabian Haas fhaas at icipe.org
Sun Nov 11 23:20:57 CST 2012


Dear All,

well yes my Idea on commercial use is still a bit fuzzy. but I think 
that was okay, so I do get some feedback, going in various direction. 
Which is very good and tells me that there is a commercial use of such 
data, but in all very scattered and actually not a huge sector, which 
explains why I know so little about it.

So thank you for the input! I will be busy this week but let me return 
to this next week.

Thank you for the contributions and discussions, very much appreciated!

Best Fabian




On 11/11/2012 23:41, Robert Guralnick wrote:
>     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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Dr. Fabian Haas
Insect Taxonomist and ABS Specialist
ICIPE - African Insect Science for Food and Health
Duduville Campus, Kasarani
P.O. Box 30772 - 00100
N A I R O B I
Kenya

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