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

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QUESTIONS FOR TUESDAY’S BREAKOUT SESSIONS

The following set of questions will serve as a guide during the Tuesday Users’ Conference. Please review these topics and note the priority you would give them for discussion (L - low, M - medium, and H - high). Feel free to write down answers to as many questions as you wish and bring these pages with you on Tuesday. Thank you.

User Community

What is your organizational affiliation?

Who uses your data?

Where do you receive your data?

Who would be major users of web-based Heritage/Conservation Data Centre Data?

Data Needs:

Priority

Number

Question

1

What are your needs, for statewide/provincial, regional, multi-state, or multi-national biological data?

2

If the data were readily accessible, how frequently would you use this information?

3

What are types of projects for which these data would be useful?

4

Would the information/data you receive from this system be broadly distributed? If so to whom or what types of organizations.

5

For location-specific data, what spatial resolution is desired (i.e. exact x,y coordinates, watershed, 1 sq. mi. or sq. km. Grid, etc.,)? What is the minimum resolution that would be helpful?

Priority

Number

Question

6

Heritage Programs have focused on locations of sensitive, threatened and endangered species, and rare or representative natural communities. Is that enough or is additional supporting information needed such as data on habitat, distribution, abundance, taxonomy, or photos/illustrations.

7

What associated information do you need to place species data into the proper context? Examples: geopolitical boundaries (states, counties, provinces); land ownership/management (national forest, crown lands, designated wilderness); geophysical features (DEMs, land use, vegetation, soils). Are these digital data sets available in your state/province/country?

8

What other types of analyses would help you use the data (such as biodiversity hotspots, habitat fragmentation, threats analysis, etc.)?

9

What would be included in a "perfect" web-based data system?

Constraints

Non-technical

Priority

Number

Question

10

If you are a user of Heritage/CDC data, is your organization subject to a national level freedom of information act or other similar state or local regulation?

11

As a data provider, does your state/province/country have regulations limiting data distribution (e.g., listed species, private lands, etc.)? What are your internal program regulations or standards?

12

What is the minimum level of data spatial resolution you could provide to a general audience? For a secure or licensed data user?

13

Does your organization use "Memoranda of Understandings, or Memoranda of Agreements", or licensing for data distribution?

Priority

Number

Question

14

Would a web-based data delivery system significantly affect your program’s funding? Please explain.

15

Does your organization have the human resources (number of staff, web/computer savvy staff, etc.) to participate as a data provider and user is this type of system?

16

What other non-technical problems do you foresee?

17

What would prevent you from participating in this web-based data delivery system?

Technical

18

Do you have (now or will in the next year or so) reliable, high-speed Internet access?

19

How would you describe your organization’s level of technical capability? (e.g. computers, high-speed internet access, modem access only, color printer/plotter, GIS, etc.)

20

Does your organization have the capacity to develop data storage and retrieval systems (e.g., programming staff, servers)?

Additional Topics

Do you know of other web-based initiatives for distributing biological data or any distributed data systems that may have faced similar questions and issues?

What web sites or sources do you visit to retrieve biological data or information?

What would be the benefit(s) of a web-base biodiversity data system?