Colombia's cyberinfrastructure for biodiversity: Building data infrastructure in emerging countries to foster socioeconomic growth

Jose de Vega, Robert P. Davey, Jorge Duitama, Dairo Escobar, Marco A. Cristancho‐ardila, Graham J. Etherington, Alice Minotto, Nelson E. Arenas‐Suarez, Juan D. Pineda‐Cardenas, Javier Correa‐Alvarez, Anyela V. Camargo Rodriguez, Wilfried Haerty, Juan P. Mallarino‐Robayo, Emiliano Barreto‐Hernandez, Monica Muñoz‐Torres, Narcis Fernandez Fuentes, Federica Di Palma

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Abstract

Colombia is a “megadiverse” country with vast natural resources. A history of recent conflict means that information is only now being collected on the natural capital of regions that were previously unexplored. Better access to data, tools, and expertise is required for evidence‐supported decisions on the conservation of these resources. The development of a bespoke cyberinfrastructure could help fulfill this need by providing access to digital resources in a collaborative cyberenvironment. We outline key priorities and develop a reference framework for building cyberinfrastructure in Colombia. This framework could be applied to other fields and countries to promote knowledge exchange, scientific innovation, and socioeconomic growth.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPlants, People, Planet
Early online date22 Dec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • biodiversity
  • data management
  • e-infrastructure
  • innovation
  • research policy

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