The Iberoamerican Infrastructure for Biodiversity Information I3B has been developed as a strategic platform for collaboration and scientific communication. Its purpose is to contribute significantly to make the relevant biodiversity information not only available to the scientific community, but useful for the management and sustainable development of the region. Activities are focused on capability (e.g. workshops, distance education platforms, online resources), and on communication and collaboration infrastructure (e.g. website, biodiversity data development and standard adoption, virtual communities) development.
The I3B activities are structured on four big themes in the field of management and exploitation of the biodiversity information, which were selected in order to produce the maximum benefit. Each of these topics will be coordinated by an experienced institution well connected to leader projects and institutions in that field (consortium members as well) and capable of sharing and coordinating the capability creation. The themes and the leader institutions are the following:
- Collections – SiB Colombia | 2012
- Conservation – INBio Costa Rica | 2013
- Data use and analysis – CONABIO Mexico | 2014
- Digital documentation– CRIA Brazil | 2015
18 research groups and 132 researchers from South America (Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, México, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Venezuela) and Spain work together on the network.
- 2012 – Biological Collections 3.0 – Villa de Leyva, Colombia
- 2013 – Biodiversity Information for Environment Conservation – La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica
- 2014 – Fundamentals, evaluation and future of species distribution models – Tepoztlán, Morelos, México
- 2015 – Workshop on Digital documentation of biodiversity – Belo Horizonte, Brazil