|The British Columbia conservation data centre|
Harcombe, A.P. (1993). The British Columbia conservation data centre, in: Fenger, M.A. et al. (Ed.) Our living legacy: Proceedings of a Symposium on Biological Diversity. pp. 353-358
In: Fenger, M.A. et al. (Ed.) (1993). Our living legacy: Proceedings of a Symposium on Biological Diversity. The Royal British Columbia Museum: Victoria. ISBN 0-7718-9355-8. XIII, 392 pp., more
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A Conservation Data Centre is being established in British Columbia to produce a centralized, computer-assisted inventory of rare and endangered species and of natural communities. It will be operated initially as a co-operative project between the provincial government and three non-government organizations, with the long-term goal of being fully supported as a government program. The Centre's aim is to compile and organize data related to conserving elements of biological diversity. Objective analysis of selected data will assist in setting clear conservation priorities. The Centre is networked with more than 60 other similar systems in Canada, the United States and Latin America, using standard methods and terminology that encourage interaction across jurisdictional boundaries. The system is dynamic, improving over time as new information is added and old information checked, and is designed to use a broad array of data sources and experts. lts success depends upon co-operation from all parties involved in conserving the province's biological resources.