Internet-based Biodiversity Database Workshop April 24 - 27, 2000

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The follow is the prioritized list of constraints as identified by the six working groups.


  • Different data access policies
  • Consistency of data reporting
  • Funding - equitable return on investment
  • Balance of control - network governance, programs need to feel like they are participants


  • Data sensitivity - how will be used or misused, how to reconcile policy on sensitive data
  • Standardization of data - some disparity - needs to be overcome, format issues, data content most important
  • Time/Staff/Skills - human resources, fund time, fund training, maintain it - keep up with technology changes.
  • Individual buy in to the network


  • Politics - ability to participate, capabilities, technologies, and internal politics
  • Money
  • Security
  • Decision making/management - how to manage the network, folks feel that they have buy-in, apparatus that folks feel comfortable with, support, marketing, appropriate authority to make decisions.


  • Technical capacity
  • Leadership team
  • How to retain individual programs' management to the local market - policies, fees, precision, licensing (keeping the data system turfless)


  • Parent agency policies - firewall, rules, software limitation
  • State/Provincial/Private Land policies - FOIA, Private Lands
  • Human Resources
  • Technical Resources - system conversions, proprietary software, funding


  • Funding and staffing - Maintenance - Reliability of Long Term Funding.
  • Misinterpretation/misuse of the data - not being able to interpret correctly.
  • Loss of control of the data - proprietary issues
  • Lack of standardization - problem with credibility as a whole from the users stand point.