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About the Biodata Management Guide

Last updated 22 19 August 2013 by Dan Randow. Licensed under CC BY 3.0. with financial assistance from the Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information System (TFBIS) Programme (Project 263: Biodata Management Framework: Phase Two), and support from Horizons Regional Council and Dataversity.

This document describes who and what the Guide is for and explains how to use it.

Why a Biodata Management Guide is Needed

Efforts to manage biosecurity and protect biodiversity depend on data about species and ecosystems. Data is required for policy, planning and management within organisations. And it is required for coordinating activities between organisations.

Biodiversity and biosecurity data is complex and messy. There are many different aspects of managing it effectively to consider. When planning improvements in a specific area, it is hard to know what to focus on. When assessing and planning system-wide improvements, it is hard to know where to start. It is hard to know where to invest in improving systems to get the maximum benefit in terms of better data to support biodiversity and biosecurity management.

Purpose of the Guide

This Guide makes it easy to assess and improve biodata management processes and systems, in order to increase the return on investments in those systems.

Use of this Guide will also improve the potential for data-sharing between organisations, by promoting and facilitating the adoption of standards and common approaches.

Scope of the Guide

The Guide relates to the practices that are used to manage biodata, as well as the technology that is used. It is designed to be used on systems of any scale, using any type of technology, that manage the data that is:

Intended Users of the Guide

This Tool is designed to be used:

How to Use the Guide

Biodata Managers can use this Guide to:

Other potential uses include the following.

Key Concepts Used in this Guide

This Guide defines five maturity levels of biodata management.

This Guide defines five biodata management activities for which maturity can be assessed.

This Guide defines five factors that determine the maturity of biodata management: