DataONE welcomes the Program for Research on Biodiversity (PPBio) Western Amazon as its first Member Node in South America. PPBio’s Western Amazon Node data repository contains data from surveys conducted in the framework of the Research Program in Biodiversity, the Center for Integrated Studies of Biodiversity in the Amazon and partner projects.
PPBio was created in 2004 with the aim of expanding studies of biodiversity in Brazil, decentralizing scientific data production centers, integrating research activities and disseminating results for different purposes such as environmental management and education.
Making data available quickly in a usable form to meet the demands not only of researchers but of other professionals involved in management and other stakeholders has been a guideline since the program's conception. PPBio has been promoting a cultural change regarding data sharing that has expanded to become a standard for Brazil. PPBio now runs many courses on their data management and collection and surveying techniques every year.
Exposing its collected content via its DataONE Member Node, PPBio will support DataONE’s vision to enable “researchers, educators, and the public to better understand and conserve life on earth and the environment that sustains it”. As one of 33 Member Nodes currently participating in DataONE, the PPBio Member Node contributes to over 397,000 diverse data objects curated by institutions across North and South America, Africa, and Asia that are discoverable through DataONESearch, the DataONE search tool. More information about PPBio and other DataONE Member Nodes can be found at http://www.dataone.org/current-member-nodes
The Research Program in Biodiversity (PPBio) is structured into three components:
Biological Collections - support and development of biological collections such as herbaria, museums and living collections;
Biological Inventories - biodiversity surveys, collecting sites, metadata and data for long-term studies;
Thematic Projects - developing methods for sustainable management of biodiversity and bioprospecting.
PPBio’s research is based on spatial standardization that is crucial for answering the questions raised by decision makers, the integration of biodiversity and physical sciences and on the incorporation of local people and traditional knowledge in biodiversity research and bio-prospecting. PPBio uses a flexible, standardized, modular and economical sampling method, RAPELD, which is compatible with other existing methods and a data policy which enable their datasets to be quickly made available to other researchers. PPBio has produced several free online guides to the flora and fauna of the region and the book “Biodiversity and Integrated Environmental Monitoring” which is essential reading for anyone with questions about biodiversity whether or they also intend to collect data.