SiBBr Launching Event

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iDigBio, Digitarium, GBIF, and others were invited by SiBBr (Brazilian Biodiversity Information System or Sistema de Informação sobre a Biodiversidade Brasileira) to present a one-day workshop on Best Practices in managing and digitizing biological collections. This event was held as part of the launch, the kick-off, of the SiBBr project at CNPq, Brasília, DF, on November 25, 2014.

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Description of the SiBBr project

SiBBr is an online platform, modeled after Canadensys, developed to stimulate and facilitate the publication, integration, access and use of information about the Brazilian biodiversity, subsidizing research and supporting the creation of public policies and decision making associated with conservation and sustainable use.

SiBBr is also the Brazilian Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) node, the biodiversity information system's global network.

The SiBBr implementation is based on a collaborative network of institutions and actors that generate, transform and consume information on the Brazilian biodiversity.

SiBBr: Structure and integration of biodiversity information

Brazil is a very diverse country that is home to approximately 20% of the known biodiversity. A lot of information has already been published about these species, but little has been done to store, manage, integrate and share this information in a way to maintain a database and enable access and use of this knowledge.

SiBBr was developed to fill this gap and facilitate access to the Brazilian biodiversity data. Until the end of 2016 more than 2.5 million occurrences of species will be made available from collection in Brazil and elsewhere. A diverse set of databases already online are being integrated. Through SiBBr, access to publications and other media (such as sound and images) will also be made available.

SiBBr offers a set of free tools and services to its partners so that information can be classified and managed efficiently, and shared to generate input to scientific studies and creation of public policies.

SiBBr Partners

SiBBr partners with Brazilian research institutions, and is open to participation from universities and entities from the public or private sectors.

The Computer Science National Laboratory (LNCC) and the National Education and Research Network (RNP) are partners in the development and hosting of SiBBr.

Partnerships established in 2014:

  • Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz)
  • Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade (ICMBio)
  • Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro (JBRJ)
  • Instituto Nacional de Pesquisa da Amazônia (INPA)
  • Ministério do Meio Ambiente (MMA)
  • Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo (MZUSP)
  • Museu Nacional da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (MN)
  • Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi (MPEG)

Services and Tools

SiBBr makes openly available, in a single platform, databases and tools to manage, publish, classify, integrate and analyze biocollections information being made available.

In 2014, SiBBr offers:

  • Training and support on the use of tools for managing and digitizing the biocollections
  • Integrated database of species occurrences
  • Repository of ecological data
  • Data quality tools
  • Ability to publish data to GBIF
  • Brazilian Plant Species List as a reference source for validating scientific names

In 2015, SiBBr will offer:

  • Navigation tools, sharing and generation of analysis and maps
  • Decision making supporting tool for biodiversity conservation
  • Records of Brazilian biodiversity species
  • Brazilian Animal Species List as a reference source for validating scientific names
  • Tools for modeling the distribution of biodiversity species

Agenda for Day 1 (Nov 24, 2014)

10:00-12:00 Opening Panel:
  • Roberto Cavalcanti - Biodiversity and Forest Secretary - MMA
  • Rogério Gribel - Rio de Janeiro Botanic Garden Research Director - JBRJ
  • Alexandre Leib Grojsgold - computer Science National Laboratory Director - LNCC
  • Nelson Simões - National Education and Research Network - RNP
  • Denise Hamú - Brazilian Representative of the United Nations Environment Programme - PNUMA
  • Marcelo Morales - Director of Agricultural Sciences, Biological and Health - CNPq
  • Osvaldo Luiz Leal de Moraes - Director of the Department of Policies and Programs of Research and Development - MCTI
  • Glacius Oliva - National Council for Scientific and Technological Development President - CNPq

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10:40-11:00 SiBBr presentation and current implementation
11:00-11:20 SiBBr Species Occurrence Portal Features
11:20-11:40 SiBBr Data Repository Features
2:00pm-5:00pm Round Table: Roadmap for building a national infrastructure for biodiversity data
  • Plants and Animals Species List: building the taxonomic base for SiBBr - Rafaela Campostrini Forzza - JBRJ
  • MMA and Partners' Biodiversity Portal - Rodrigo S. P. Jorge - ICMBIO, and Carlos Scaramuzza - MMA
  • SISS - Wild health Information System (Sistema de Informação em Saúde Silvestre) - Marcia Chame - Fiocruz
  • The importance of a Spatial Data Infrastrucure for Brazil - Hesley Py - IBGE
  • INDBio - Biodiversity Data National Infrastructure (Infraestrutura Nacional de Dados em Biodiversidade) - Eduardo Dalcin - JBRJ
5:00pm-6:00pm Incentives for publishing data to SiBBr - Danny Velez

Agenda and Presentations for Day 2 (Nov 25, 2014)

  • Power point formats are available for these talks, most of which have been converted to PDF.
9:00-10:30 Introduction and Overview of Digitization
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:00 Data Mobilization and Data Management:
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:15 Task Cluster 1:
14:15 – 15:00 Task Cluster 2: Specimen Image Capture
15:00 – 15:30 Task Cluster 3: Specimen image processing
15:30 – 16:00 Task Cluster 4: Electronic data capture
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:00 Task Cluster 5: Georeferencing and Enrichment of specimen data
17:00 – 17:30 Automation of digitization activities
17:30 – 18:00 Discussion and wrap up

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Recordings

The event was recorded and when these become available, will be linked here from the Brazilian website.

Acronyms and Translations

Acronym English Portuguese
CNPq National Council for Scientific and Technological Development Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico
Fiocruz Oswaldo Cruz Foundation Fundação Oswaldo Cruz
IBGE Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística
iDigBio Integrated Digitized Biocollections
INDBio Biodiversity Data National Infrastructure Infraestrutura Nacional de Dados em Biodiversidade
JBRJ Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
LNCC Computer Science National Laboratory Laboratório Nacional de Computação Científica
MCTI Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Ministério da Ciência Tecnologia e Inovação
MMA Ministry of the Environment Ministério do Meio Ambiente
PNUMA United Nations Environment Programme Programa das Nações Unidas para o Meio Ambiente
RNP National Education and Research Network Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa
SiBBr Brazilian Biodiversity Information System Sistema de Informação sobre a Biodiversidade Brasileira

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