Group photo of participants of 2016 
BIFA workshop (click to view in original resolution)

We are in the era of explosive growth in information technology and data deluge. Meanwhile, we are facing the crisis of rapid loss in biodiversity and ecosystem services. We all know information technology can help solve complicated biodiversity issues, however, there is a big knowledge gap between knowing and doing. Where are the data sources and open source tools? How to use these resources to generate essential information and knowledge to inform policy and actions for saving biodiversity? Biodiversity informatics is a new field of adopting informatics for managing, sharing, publishing, and reusing biodiversity data. Biodiversity Informatics is essential to leverage the biodiversity research in large scale to support conservation and to resolve the crisis of biodiversity loss. Although Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has promoted open biodiversity data since its inception in 2001 and Asian nodes of GBIF also held several workshops on mobilizing and publishing biodiversity data in the past few years, there are still many data and knowledge gaps in Asia.

To promote the development of biodiversity informatics in Asia, Ministry of Environment of Japan donated to GBIF for establishing Biodiversity Information Fund for Asia (BIFA). GBIF Asian nodes are supported by BIFA and collaborate on training seed trainers to disseminate the knowledge on biodiversity informatics. This four-day training workshop will focus on introducing data standards, methods, and tools for publishing and reusing biodiversity open data as well as submitting biodiversity data papers. Through this training workshop we hope participants will become seed trainers of biodiversity informatics to help node managers promote the development of biodiversity informatics in each country.


Taiwan Biodiversity Information Facility
Japan Biodiversity Information Facility


Ministry of Environment, Japan / Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taiwan