The India Biodiversity Portal initiative was proposed as a collaborative effort between five partner institutions. During the development of the portal, there has been an appreciation in the idea of such a portal that will provide a platform for sharing and open access to biodiversity information. Several institutions have come together as partners on the portal by committing resources, sharing data, and providing intellectual leadership for the evolution of an open and participatory portal.
Alternative Law Forum has provided the advice and inputs for projecting a participatory and open site. Lawrence Liang, Prashant Iyengar and Danish Sheikh have engaged with us, provided advice and drafted the terms and conditions for this portal.
|Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bengaluru, will be involved in continuing to host and nurture the portal as an open collaborative alliance between the working partners. ATREE will be involved in curating data, campaigning for participation, and developing the platform.|
|Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), Anand, will work towards building as an open collaborative alliance between the working partners. FES will be involved in curating data, campaigning for participation, and developing the platform.|
|Foundation for the Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions, Bengaluru|
|French Institute of Pondicherry|
|National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore|
|Nature Conservation Foundation, (NCF) Mysore, will work towards building as an open collaborative alliance between the working partners. NCF will be involved in curating data, campaigning for participation, and developing the platform.|
|Rustam Vania and Arvind Lodaya of Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology have been involved in providing inputs on user interfaces, usability and features to expand participation from the larger public.|
|R. Prabhakar has been instrumental in developing the first version of the portal. He has gone back to Strand Life Sciences as of November 2008. However, he will continue to provide leadership on the development and growth of the portal platform.|
|Ravi Chellam, as the Director of ATREE, has been leading the India Biodiversity portal since 2007. Since October 2008, he has taken over as the Director WCS-India and will continue to provide leadership and guidance to the portal.|