The Biodiversity Informatics Potential Index

TitleThe Biodiversity Informatics Potential Index
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsAriño, Arturo H., Vishwas Chavan, and Nick King
JournalBMC Bioinformatics
IssueSuppl 15
PaginationS4 - S4
Date Published2011/12/15/
ISBN Number1471-2105

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.