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Prof. Bryan HEIDORN from University of Arizona Visited IOB
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April 14th, the director of the School of Information Resources and Library Science of University of Arizona, Prof. Bryan Heidorn, visited the Institute of Botany (IOB), the Chinese Academy of Sciences and made a presentation entitled Biodiversity Information Diversity and Education.

In this presentation, HEIDORN analyzed many biodiversity informatics projects to identify the critical informatics research areas as well as information management skills required to run the project successfully, and stressed the role of  information technique in the biodiversity research. He also suggested that biodiversity informatics should be taught in graduate programs to support next generation of biodiversity informatics.

After the presentation, HEIDORN and BHL-China working group deeply discussed the relevant informatics techniques and the way of sharing recourse and other related topics. During the discussion, HEIDORN highly evaluated the achievements of IOB in biodiversity informatics research and the cooperation between IOB and BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library).

This communication gained positive achievements, which made information technicians recognize that there is a great need for information research to support biology, and also enhanced their confidence on pushing forward the biodiversity informatics and deeply mining the diversity data.

More information about iPlant Collaborative:

The National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Plant Science Cyberinfrastructure Collaborative (PSCIC) program is intended to create a new type of organization – a cyberinfrastructure collaborative for the plant science that enables new conceptual advances through integrative, computational thinking. To achieve this, the iPlant Collaborative (iPlant) was developed. iPlant is fluid and dynamic, utilizing new computational science and cyberinfrastructure solutions to address an evolving array of grand challenges in the plant sciences. It is community-driven, involving plant biologists, computer and information scientists and engineers, and experts from other disciplines, all working in integrated teams on solving plant science grand challenges. The iPlant Collaborative brings together strengths in plant biology, bioinformatics, computational science and high performance computing, as well as innovative approaches to education, outreach, and the study of social networks.

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