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26 August 2012, Otari-Wilton's Bush, 160 Wilton Road Wilton, Wellington
27 August 2012, Mac’s Function Centre, corner Taranaki and Cable Streets, Wellington (map):
28 August 2012, NIWA, 301 Evans Bay Parade, Hataitai, Wellington (map):
Biodiversity underpins the systems that sustain life on Earth. It cleans air and water and provides the soil and species that humans depend on for food. It creates the natural environments that sustain our cultures and recreation.
Species and ecosystems are being lost every day. The only way to stem this loss is to coordinate the restoration efforts of millions of government and non-government groups around the World. And that needs data.
Efforts to protect biodiversity depend on data about the state and trends of species and ecosystems. Data is needed to manage the local reserve, the biodiversity of a region, across New Zealand and around the World. But biodiversity data is complex and messy.
Managing the complexity and geographic spread of biodiversity data requires a network of connected systems. Biodata systems increasingly support data-sharing using common standards. Middleware is emerging to provide the connections in a federated data infrastructure.
Collaboration among agencies managing biodata is now a given. But how should that collaboration happen? What will this shared system look like in New Zealand? What steps are towards building it?
A network of distributed biodiversity data systems requires three enablers.
Living Data aims to advance collaboration on building a network of shared biodata systems in New Zealand.
Biodiversity and Biosecurity Scientists, IT Specialists, Managers and Policy-Makers should attend. Living Data will also be of interest to anyone interested open Government data, open and data-driven science, and environmental and geospatial data.
Sunday 26 August, 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Otari-Wilton's Bush, 160 Wilton Road, Wellington (map)
How can biodata systems support collections and restoration projects? The Field Trip is an opportunity to connect data systems with a hands-on biodiversity project.
Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants. It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture.
This unique plant sanctuary and forest reserve consists of 100 hectares of native forest, and five hectares of plant collections. Some of Wellington's oldest trees are here, including an 800-year-old rimu.
Members of all Wellington restoration groups are invited to participate in this event.
|12:00pm||Introductions and lunch|
|1:00pm||Tour of the Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve|
Monday 27 August, 9:00pm - 4:45pm, Mac’s Function Centre, corner Taranaki and Cable Streets, Wellington (map).
|9:15am||Presentations: Plans and Progress with Biodata Systems as Part of a Federated Infrastructure|
|11:00am||Presentations: Plans and Progress with Biodata Systems as Part of a Federated Infrastructure (contd.)|
|1:00pm||System Showcase Presentations: Presentations on specific systems. Discussion on opportunities for collaboration that arise from the presentations.|
|Local Government||NGOs||CRIs, Musea|
|2:30pm||The Open Government Information and Data Work Programme: Alison Stringer and Keitha Booth|
|2:35pm||Reports from System Showcase Presentations|
|3:30pm||Participative Session: Opportunities to Advance Collaboration|
|4:10pm to 4:45pm||Panel Discussion: What is Needed to Advance Collaboration on Biodata Systems in New Zealand?|
Monday 27 August, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Mac’s Function Centre, corner Taranaki and Cable Streets, Wellington (map).
The New Zealand Organisms Register (NZOR) is a definitive authoritative registry of taxonomic names for the 100,000+ organism names relevant for New Zealand’s biodiversity, biosecurity, conservation and biotechnology sectors.
Having this information available online will save organisations time and money, while reducing the risk
in decision making and improving inter-agency communication.
Find out how NZOR works, talk to the developers and discuss how NZOR will support NZ organisations, business and the economy.
|5:00pm||Refreshments and Networking|
|5:30pm||Launch of NZOR by Hon David Carter, Minister of Primary Industries|
NZOR was developed by Landcare Research under a multi-agency steering group established in 2006 and supported with funding from the Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information Systems Programme. It will form a key part of New Zealand’s bioinformatics infrastructure, supporting scientific research and biodiversity and biosecurity management.
Tuesday 28 August, 9:00am - 4:30pm, NIWA, 301 Evans Bay Parade, Hataitai, Wellington (map).
The agenda of the workshop is to achieve explicit commitments to actions that will increase collaboration on building a federated biodata infrastructure.
The workshop will address issues such as finding ways to:
|9:00am||Introduction and Work Session Planning|
|11:00am||Work Sessions (Parallel)|
|1:30pm||Work Sessions (Parallel)|
|3:30pm||Reports from Work Sessions|
To express interest in presenting at the conference please email details of your proposed presentation to Dan Randow.