Reference Center on Environmental Information (CRIA), Brazil
Vanderlei Perez Canhos is the president director of the Reference Center on Environmental Information (CRIA) a non-governmental not-for-profit oraganisation devoted to making biodiversity data freely and openly available via the Internet.
Dr Canhos has a B.S and a M.s. from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and a Ph. D. degree from Oregon State University, with microbial systematics, biological collections information systems and biodiversity informatics being the main research areas he is interested in.For more than 20 years he was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Food Science Department at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), for more than 15 he was responsible for the establishment of the Tropical Culture Collection and the Tropical Database-BDT, where he was the scientific director from 1985 to 2001. He has dedicated most of his carrier to the development of strategies and policies for the consolidation of biological collections and biodiversity databases in Brazil and not only, projects like "Building the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN): A Regional Biodiversity Clearinghouse for the Americas", submitted to GEF/World Bank in 2000; the Strategic Plan for the Clearing House Mechanism (CHM) of the Convention on Biological Diversity; the Amazon Basin Information Facility - ABBIF, a capacity building project involving biological collections and information centers from 9 Amazonian countries, while having also lead the "Distributed information system for biological collections and its integration with Species Analyst and SinBiota" and "SICol - Information System for Collections of Biotechnological Interest" projects.
He is currently a Member of the Board of Directors of the Expert Taxonomy Information – ETI, University of Amsterdam (since January 2000), a Member of the Subcommittee on Digitization of Biological Collections (DIGIT) of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)(since 2003) and a Chair of the Species 2000 Board of Directors (since March 2003).
Aspirations as submitted during the workshop (23rd & 24th October 2010)
Assessment of top-down and bottom-up convergence of initiatives, looking what are the principal solutions that are being implemented (data release, tools, indicators).
Assessment of the environment to allow the dynamic integration of all types of data to develop scenarios & models