A global distributed biodiversity information network: building the world museum

  • Peterson A
  • Vieglais D
  • Sigüenza A
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Abstract

Biodiversity information is not presently managed in a manner that enables or encourages broad, efficient, or novel uses. New technologies that permit integration of biodiversity information stored at institutions worldwide into a single biodiversity information facility, however, have the potential to change this situation. Information integrated from diverse institutions and available in quantity greatly empowers a diversity of novel products that amply demonstrate the importance of the information resource. We discuss the promise and the opportunity, as well as the impediments to assembling a global distributed biodiversity information network—effectively a ‘world museum’, built from the world’s biodiversity and available to all freely and openly.

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  • base de datos
  • biodiversidad
  • bioinformatica
  • diversidad
  • museos

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Authors

  • a Townsend Peterson

  • David a Vieglais

  • Adolfo G Navarro Sigüenza

  • Marcos Silva

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