Monday, January 10, 2011

IPBES a challenge to biodiversity informatics and publishing

The recent adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES; December 21, 2010) is an interesting challenge to the way we taxonomists publish our data: Will it be integrated into the IPBES reporting? It could, since they will base their report on the assessment of scientific paper, reports.

The IPBES will achieve this in part by prioritizing, making sense of and bringing consistency to the great variety of reports and assessments conducted by United Nations bodies, research centres, universities and others as they relate to biodiversity and ecosystem services.

I assume, that in an optimistic view, that ought be based on the assessment of publications such as taxonomic reports. With the parallel development of using publications as seeds for growing knowledge on particular taxa and publishing tools allowing such to happen, this might not just be a dream.

So we need to think of how we can demonstrate this, and how we can drew the attention of the IPBES to this potential.

See also IPCC for Nature: IPBES


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