Biodiversity comprehends the totality and variability of organisms, their morphology and genetics, life history and habitats, and geographical ranges. Biodiversity is usually used to refer to biological diversity at three levels: genetics, species, and ecology.
The loss of biodiversity has a lot of concerns and it considers a major issue of our life. The loss of biodiversity has a great impact on our needs for water (aqua), food, fuel, and animal feed. Therefore, it becomes a necessity to recognize the acceleration loss of Biodiversity, which results in a set of initiatives,
such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)1 , the Intergovernment Platform on Biodiversity (IPB)2 , etc. These initiatives require scientific research into primary biological, chemical, and physical processes to develop predictive models and inform strategic decisions. To achieve these goals,
reliable and constant biodiversity data should be made available in a consistence way.
Biodiversity is an outstanding domain that deals with heterogeneous datasets and concepts generated from a large number of disciplines in order to build up a coherent picture of the extend a path of life on the earth. To deal with these heterogeneous datasets, a set of data management techniques should be applied. In general, data management can be defined as the development and execution of architectures, polices, particulars, and procedures that properly manage the full data lifecycle needs of an enterprise.
The BioDialog Project:
The BioDialog Project is an Intercultural Dialog through Biodiversity Informatics. It is under the DAAD “Hochschudialog mit der islamichen Welt” program. The project will be carried out by four different institutes from three different countries focusing on the discussion of methods and techniques that are used in managing biodiversity data.
The German partner will be the Heinz-Nixdorf Professur für verteilte Information systems at Jena University, Germany headed by Prof. Dr. Birgitta König-Ries.
The group provides biodiversity informatics expertise in a number of national collaborative projects including the DFG Research Centre “German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)”, and CRC AquaDiva. The group also has experience in teaching biodiversity informatics and related topics (e.g. management of research data) on the undergraduate and graduate level. Computer science and engineering departments from three different universities (Assuit University and Ain Shams University, Egypt and Tunisia) will be the other partners of the project. The project attempts to exploit knowledge and expertise from the König-Ries group, specifically in biodiversity informatics and to foster an intercultural dialog on biodiversity and biodiversity informatics.
Assiut University (main partner) is represented by the Faculty of Computers & Information and other faculties will be participating in the future as the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering. Ain Shams University will be represented by the Faculty of Computers & Information other faculties will be participating as the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering. Tunisia is represented by the Higher Institute of Computer Science and Multimedia, Sfax University.
The BioDialog Project:
Objectives of Assiut Workshop:
The Project Workshop Invitation
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