News and Events Archive
October 27-30 - Becoming a Data Provider to the Global Invasive Species Information Network poster, live demonstration, and oral presentation at Organization of Fish and Wildlife Information Managers (OFWIM) 2008 Annual Conference and Business Meeting: Using Innovative Technology to Move From Planning to Implementation, 27-30 October in Albuquerque, NM, USA. Abstract (PDF)
October 19-25 - Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Annual Conference, at the Western Australian Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, Fremantle (Perth), Australia. Programme
October 5-14 - IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, Spain
August 9-12 - GISIN2 Data Providers Workshop. A second technical data providers' workshop for first adopters of the GISIN System was held in Elmira, New York, USA to continue to discuss the GISIN Protocol Data Models and improve the GISIN search prototype. This workshop was made possible through funding from the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) and logistical support from The Polistes Foundation.
June 2-5 - GISIN1 Data Providers Workshop. A technical workshop was held in Athens, Georgia, USA to test implementation of the GISIN search prototype by connecting distributed online invasive species information systems through web services, exposing/indexing their data holdings for simultaneous search. As this was a test implementation, participation in the workshop was by invitation only. This workshop was made possible through funding and logistical support from the Secretariat of the Group on Earth Observations (GEOS), the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), with additional logistical support by The Polistes Foundation. The Steering Team of the Global Invasive Species Information Network and others from around the world are also collaborating on this effort. For more information contact Annie Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 22 - I3N Costa Rica successfully tests the GISIN PHP Toolkit against their invasive species database!
May 21 - FishBase successfully tests the GISIN PHP Toolkit agains their finfish database! See the Test Query Results.
September 23-27 - GISIN presentation given at the International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species.
September 17-21 - GISIN presentation and poster given at the 9th International Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions (EMAPI) Conference. A GISIN presentation (PDF) and poster was presented at EMAPI9 in Perth, Western Australia. Other presentations given at the conference are listed online at http://www.hear.org/emapi/2007/.
September 17-21 - GISIN presentations given in September 2007 at Biodiversity Information Standards-TDWG Annual Meeting. Presentations included a description of the GISIN test implementation and a summary of the GISIN needs assessment survey. A Taxonomic Databases Working Group (TDWG) Invasive Species Information Systems (ISIS) interest group was formed at last year's annual meeting (see below, 2006 GISIN Symposium held at TDWG Annual Meeting).
May - GISIN Listed first in Table 1- "Examples of international and national information networks; many of these databases and networks are working together to share information and to achieve increasingly global coverage of IAS." In: Invasive alien species in an era of globalization. Laura A Meyerson and Harold A Mooney. May 2007. In Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution: Special Issue Ecology in an Era of Globalization 5(4):199–208. Full Text | PDF
March - GISIN Joins Group on Earth Observations (GEO).
January 29 - February 2 - ASEAN-NIS, Southeast Asian Hub of GISIN, Training Workshop. Country focal points from 10 ASEAN countries received training in database use and web site development using tools created by the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network’s Invasives Information Network (I3N). The twenty-three participants were also trained to create Web-enabled species identification guides and on the use of internet mapping tools created by Discover Life.
In addition to this training, participants delivered country reports on the status of invasive species in their nations and agreed to prepare a regional proposal for funding consideration. This five day workshop was held at the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), Serdang, Malaysia, and hosted by ASEANET, the southeast Asian loop of BioNET-INTERNATIONAL, and the CABI South-East Asia Regional Centre. The meeting's five person organizing committee was led by Dr. Keng Yeang Lum and Dr. Soetikno S. Sastroutomo. Additional sponsors included the US Department of State, the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP), and the US National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII).
December 2006 - February 2007 - GISIN Needs Assessment Survey. The GISIN, GBIF, and TDWG are developing a prototype implementation of an invasive species checklist information exchange system. Because a successful Web solution will require full analysis of the needs and current status of potential invasive species information providers and users, the GISIN conducted a Needs Assessment Survey from December 2006 to February 2007. More than 135 people responded, representing 41 countries and both governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including non-profits, academia and private industry. The results of the survey are posted here. Results are also downloadable in Microsoft Word format here and in PDF format (requiring Acrobat Reader) here.
October 21 - GISIN Symposium held on 21 October 2006 at TDWG Annual Meeting. Highlights included presentations on the importance of data standards for sharing invasive species information. A Taxonomic Databases Working Group (TDWG) Invasive Species Information Systems (ISIS) interest group was formed in order to take the draft Invasive Species Profile schema through a formal standards adoption process.
Annie Simpson convened the Invasive Species Information Systems interest group as a TDWG subgroup, and more information can be found at http://www.tdwg.org/subgroups/isis. Within this interest group, Jim Graham (Research Scientist, Colorado State University, USA) convened the Invasive Species Profile Schema Task Group, which will develop standard computer-based mechanisms for expressing and transferring information about invasive species, including taxonomies, distributions, terminologies, descriptions, identification tools, pathways, invasiveness, management information, and associated resources. These mechanisms will be created for use by the TDWG, GISIN, and the global invasive species science community in general. TDWG task groups are ad hoc, formed with a specific goal and product in mind, and disband once the task is completed. Interest groups, however, continue long-term as long as there are members interested in the topic.
Draft charters for each of these groups are posted on the TDWG ISIS Web page, and anyone interested in forming part of either group should contact the group conveners, at asimpson(at)usgs.gov or jim(at)nrel.colostate.edu.
More information about the products and achievements of the 2006 TDWG Annual Meeting may be found at http://tdwg2006.tdwg.org/
October - GISIN described as "the only distributed global IAS information network." In: Essential elements of online information networks on invasive alien species. Annie Simpson, Elizabeth Sellers, Andrea Grosse, and Yan Xie. October 2006. Biological Invasions 8 (7):1579-1587. Reprinted with permission. PDF
August - "DAISIE aims to become the European portal of the Global Invasive Species Information Network (http://www.gisinetwork.org)." p.1312 In: Shirley, S. M., Kark, S (2006). Amassing Efforts against Alien Invasive Species in Europe. PLoS Biol 4(8):e279. DOI:101.1371/journal.pbio.oo40279.
February - GISIN was mentioned in the February edition of ESRI's ArcUser Online journal thanks to an article by Hannu Saarenmaa, Deputy Directory for Informatics, GBIF Secretariat and member of the GISIN interim Steering Committee. In: Saarenmaa's Information Pyramid, GISIN represents the type of information network operating between those that serve primary data (such as GBIF) and those that serve secondary and tertiary data (such as the Clearinghouse Mechanism (CHM)). Read the article...
February 20-24 - GISIN interim Steering Committee and experts meeting to review Invasive (Alien) Species Profile Schema (IAS-PS). Members of the GISIN interim Steering Committee and experts from eleven countries met on February 20-24 in Agadir, Morocco to review the Invasive Species Profile Schema developed for the GISIN and released for comment in October 2005. The schema and discussion topics of three working groups convened at the meeting (Checklists, Terminology, and Technical Implementation) are available for review and comment online at http://wiki.cs.umb.edu/twiki/bin/view/IASPS/. Members of the Taxonomic Data Working Group, owners of international invasive species databases, and members of the GISIN and its Steering Committee will prepare the IAS-PS for consideration at the Eighth Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, 20-31 March, Curitiba, Brazil. Details and logistics ...
January 25 - Annie Simpson and Michael Browne (GISIN interim Steering Committee members) quoted in Reuters Foundation Alertnet Feature Article "Costly alien invaders rock world's balance" by Lucas van Grinsven. Quote: "Annie Simpson of Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN), says scientists estimate that up to 5 percent of the world's gross domestic product is being destroyed as a result of foreign pests and other invasive species." Read the article...
November - New Tool Provides Context-Sensitive Definitions for Invasive Alien Species Terms. CAB International's new Invasive Alien Species Concepts, Terms and Context (IAS-CTC) system helps users find definitions for terms used in the context of IAS.
October - Invasive Species XML Schema Available for Comment. The CBD cordially invites comments on the Invasive Species Profile Schema for the GISIN. The schema proposes preliminary draft standards for the exchange of invasive species information such as fact sheets, projects and case studies, expertise and checklists.
Background reading: September 2005 Consultant's Report on development of the schema (PDF)
February 20 - GISIN Symposium at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, USA. Top-Down, Bottom-Up Growth of a Global Invasive Species Information Network.
IOI SA Attends the First Meeting to Establish a GISIN. Quote: "Martin Cocks (IOI-SA) and Kobie Brandt (GISP) were invited to attend a meeting of experts for the establishment of a Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN)." Article (page 3) published in Issue 10 of the Pacem in Maribus Newsletter of the International Ocean Institute Southern Africa (IOI SA), July 2004.
June - GISIN Moves Forward - front page article in the second issue of the newsletter of The Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP). Quote: "Moves towards the establishment of a Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN) took a major step forward at a recent Experts Meeting convened by Annie Simpson and her team from the U.S. National Biological Information Infrastructure this year." Full article (PDF): English | French | Spanish
April 6-8 - Experts from over 26 countries attend meeting on Implementation of a Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN) 6-8 April 2004, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
2002 (background news and events)
May - "It is agreed that the countries of the Nordic-Baltic region develop a catalogue of databases on alien species in the region. This catalogue will be hosted by and internet accessible through GISP, which is one of the international thematic focal points of the CBD Clearing-house Mechanism. Information on as many databases in the region should be collected, including scientific, governmental, NGO and IGO supported databases ... This is considered a first step in the development of a regional information network on alien species as part of the Global Invasive Species Information Network." Development of a Nordic/Baltic Invasive Species Informational Network. Report of the Workshop on the Development of a Nordic/Baltic Invasive Species Informational Network held at the Estonian Ministry of Environment, Toompuiestee 24, Tallinn, 21-23 May, 2002.
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