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IBM - WikiFlora

IBM has partnered with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) to develop the project "Community Science". The notice provides for the creation of a collaborative portal for sharing information and studies on national biodiversity. The design and development of the project are being carried out by volunteers from IBM as part of the shares of the company's centennial, celebrated on June 16 of this year.

The project came about based collaboration tools, and quickly evolved into working concepts of Citizen Science, seeking to encourage cooperation between students, communities, educators and scientists in studies related to biological diversity. The portal, called Wikiflora, will be built on the IBM Lotus software and will include social networking tools, wiki and georeferenced content.

"Teachers and students will be able to register and participate in thematic networks, and develop projects in partnership with leading researchers," said Sergio Borger, Director of Strategy and Research Laboratory of IBM Brazil responsible for project operations. "Society as a whole will benefit. We will use collaborative and geo-referencing so that students, teachers and researchers can collaborate on scientific and educational technology projects, "he explained.

The proposal came from an idea of ​​the Minister Mercadante to create a digital encyclopedia for records of botanical data from Brazil. "One way to create an alternate path to sustainability, it is not only combat deforestation, biodiversity is to know, to show the importance that it has for pharmacology, for food and wealth that all this genetic material is for Brazil and the planet, "said the Minister.

The scientific collection will consist of partnerships with institutions to selecionas by IBM and MCT. The cataloging will begin by Adolpho Ducke Reserve Experimental, National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA / MCT) where there is a valuable cataloged collection of over 2,500 species of Amazon, which represents only a fraction of the total biodiversity contained in the region. The forest reserve located in Manaus works great as a laboratory, which supports research and development of proposals for the sustainable exploitation. According to the Minister, there is a need to create a great dialogue with the scientific community so that there is broad support for the project, and develop protocols to preserve the rights of authorship scientists and collaborators.

The creation of the portal will allow, for example, that the people best know the Amazon, the largest tropical forest in the world, and its biodiversity. It will allow the cataloging of species and interaction with existing collections in content.

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