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Welcome to the Biodiversity Informatics Training webpage!

Biodiversity informatics is a rather new field, which can be defined as the creation, improvement, analysis, and interpretation of information regarding biodiversity. The field was born out of the longtime information-management of the systematics community, in tandem with the realization of the desperate situation of the ‘biodiversity crisis’ in recent decades. Although biodiversity information has been accumulated for centuries, this information has not been managed effectively until very recently. Over the past two decades however, large-scale efforts have concentrated on the challenge of building, improving, and understanding these information resources; what we now term the field of biodiversity informatics.

The primary goal of this site is to consolidate information and resources relating to biodiversity informatics – ultimately developing into a global, online training ‘curriculum’ for biodiversity informatics. With funding from the JRS Biodiversity Foundation, and the support of the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), we are setting out to develop such a training curriculum.

Over the coming months we will be building this site to include a full suite of information on the various aspects of the field of biodiversity informatics including training modules and online lectures given by specialists.  Further information regarding regional training courses will be announced as they are organized…so be sure to check back with us periodically!