The Biodiversity Informatics Potential Index
|Title||The Biodiversity Informatics Potential Index|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Authors||Ariño, Arturo H., Vishwas Chavan, and Nick King|
|Pagination||S4 - S4|
Biodiversity informatics is a relatively new discipline extending computer science in the context of biodiversity data, and its development to date has not been uniform throughout the world. Digitizing effort and capacity building are costly, and ways should be found to prioritize them rationally. The proposed 'Biodiversity Informatics Potential (BIP) Index' seeks to fulfill such a prioritization role. We propose that the potential for biodiversity informatics be assessed through three concepts: (a) the intrinsic biodiversity potential (the biological richness or ecological diversity) of a country; (b) the capacity of the country to generate biodiversity data records; and (c) the availability of technical infrastructure in a country for managing and publishing such records.