News and Events
February 11, 2011 - GLEDN-GISIN Data Provider Training Workshop via remote-access. To facilitate data sharing with the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) and throughout the Great Lakes region, a GLEDN-GISIN Data Provider Training Workshop was held by remote access. The GLEDN is a collaboration among multiple stakeholders working to rapidly respond to new invasive plant species sightings in the Great Lakes states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York). To accomplish this, a web-based alert system automatically sends emails to GLEDN users when new sightings for species or areas of interest are entered into one of GISIN's member data management systems. As new sightings are reported, a network of professionals in the region will be available to verify new sightings and natural resource managers will be notified to take appropriate management actions.
The training included:
Organizations represented by participants in the GLEDN-GISIN Training Workshop included: EDDMaps, U. S. Geological Survey, Midwest Invasive Plants Network (MIPN) (including University of Wisconsin-Madison, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, National Park Service), Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) Invasive Species, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Surface Water Integrated Monitoring System (SWIMS), U. S. Forest Service, and the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) and Michigan State University.
November 16 - NAISN-GISIN Data Provider Training, Boise, Idaho. Held November 16, 2010 in Boise, Idaho, as part of the North American Invasive Species Network (NAISN) organizational meeting, the GISIN held our first data providers training session. During the training, we introduced the new GISIN file upload capabilities implemented to augment the more complex Web service method for sharing data with the GISIN. Seventeen data provider representatives from Mexico and the United States participated in the training session, with seven of these participating remotely via online Webinar. The training session was recorded, and made available online in our Tutorials section, and will also soon be translated into Spanish and French. Given the success of this training by Webinar, we will offer other Webinar-based training sessions in the future.
June 01-04 - GISIN Poster at Weeds Across Borders. Annie Simpson and Elizabeth Sellers presented the poster "Invasive Species Information Management and Exchange: Risk Assessment/Pathways Analysis Tools and an Invasive Species Database/Web Template" to promote progress on developing the GISIN at the trilateral biennial Weeds Across Borders Conference held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA, June 1-4, 2010. Weeds Across Borders consists of an affiliation of organizations from Canada, Mexico, and the United States with a common interest in sharing information and promoting weed management throughout North America. The theme of the conference was Plant Invasions: Policies, Politics and Practices. Abstract | Poster (PDF)
April 11-16 - Helping Islands Adapt workshop in Auckland, New Zealand. The benefits of GISIN as a global inventory of invasive alien species and examples from The GISIN List were presented by Invasive Species Data and Information Specialist and GISIN Steering Team member, Michael Browne at the Helping Islands Adapt workshop in Auckland, New Zealand. See Topics:
In: Helping Islands Adapt. Proceedings of the Helping Islands Adapt Workshop. A workshop on regional action to combat invasive species on islands to preserve biodiversity and adapt to climate change. April 11-16, 2010. PDF
November 02-06 - International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI) in Fuzhou, China. Two members of the GISIN Steering Team, Michael Browne and Annie Simpson, made presentations at the ICBI. Annie's presentation was entitled "The Global Invasive Species Information Network: information sharing for informed decision-making." Michael co-authored a presentation with Jerry Cooper entitled "Developing an invasive species biosecurity information infrastructure." Annie was also invited to chair the ICBI symposium (#S12) – "Knowledge management, decision-making tools, capacity development, and public awareness." More than 500 invasive species specialists from more than 40 countries participated in the Congress, exchanging ideas on improving the management of biological invasions at national, regional, and global levels.
September - New PHP Toolkit and New Caching System Available for Data Providers. A new edition of the PHP toolkit is now available. This updated edition was designed to match changes to the GISIN Protocol, allow editing of metadata, and fix a number of defects. The toolkit is available under "Provide Data". You can check the URL under "Data Providers". We also have implemented a first version of the new caching system. You can see the results of caching events under "Data Providers". For more information, please contact Jim Graham.
July 25-30 - GISIN3 Data Standards Workshop. A third technical workshop on defining the basis for a prototype GISIN System was held at Elmira College in New York from 25-30 July 2009. At the workshop, which was sponsored by the US National Biological Information Infrastructure and held in collaboration with Discover Life and Elmira College's Department of Biology, representatives from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network, and several invasive species information systems of global importance once again refined data standards to improve the GISIN system. A productive discussion about the use of Globally Unique Identifiers (GUIDs) was also part of the meeting.
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