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Colombian Páramo vegetation data IBED project

Project type: 
Digitalization project
01 / 09 / 2012 to 01 / 09 / 2013

The Neotropical alpine ecosystems of the Páramo high in the Andes have been studied for decades by the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) based at the University of Amsterdam.

These unique ecosystems harbour many special plant species adapted to the climatic conditions characteristic of the high Andes. Much of the research data are not available in digital format and are only recorded in separate databases and/or in published and unpublished articles and reports. The IBED – NLBIF project intends to publish a substantial amount of this data through GBIF, so that contemporary Páramo research can make quick and direct use of these historical information. This is very important because the Páramo is under ever-increasing pressure as a result of economic and infrastructural developments, making historical research material an important point of reference.

Prof. Antoine Cleef is the researcher who has recorded much of the Páramo data, partly in the vegetation survey package Turboveg. To publish this data, IBED has set up an own Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT), linked to the Turboveg database.