A government agency in Brazil furthers public education and scientific research

A social collaboration portal based on IBM technologies creates valuable learning opportunities for scientists, educators and students

Published on 28-Dec-2011

Validated on 14 Jan 2014

"Built with IBM Connections software, [this project] is the first-of-its-kind portal for sharing information and studies on national biodiversity." - Administrator, Brazilian government agency

Customer:
A government agency in Brazil

Industry:
Government

Deployment country:
Brazil

Solution:
Collaborative Innovation, Digital Media, IBM Research, Industry Framework , Information Governance, Linux, Networking, Openness, Social Business for Product and Services Development, Social Business

Overview

This Brazilian government agency guides the country’s progress in scientific research, technology and innovation. It conducts research to generate new knowledge and technologies, and it creates products and processes and grants patents to support Brazil’s development of informatics and automation. The agency’s highest objective is to transform the science and technology sector into a thriving component of Brazil’s economy and social development.

Business need:
Seeking to promote citizen education about the Amazon rain forest by cataloging all of the region’s plant species in a digital encyclopedia, the agency needed a way to provide convenient public access to this information, as well as to allow students, educators, scientists and communities to share their knowledge about the complex Amazonian ecosystem with each other.

Solution:
The agency and a team of IBM volunteers are working together to create a collaborative “citizen science” portal for sharing and editing botanic data records. IBM Connections software provides the social platform and communication tools. The team is using several IBM technologies to develop the portal into Brazil’s largest digital encyclopedia for botanic data records. The project involves an IBM DB2 data server, and IBM Tivoli and IBM WebSphere software.

Benefits:
· Enables informed discussions and decisions about rain forest management by providing citizens with convenient access to information and insights about one of the world’s most biologically diverse regions · Promotes knowledge sharing and collaboration among students, educators and scientists through the use of wikis, user profiles and user communities, generating valuable educational activities and learning opportunities · Improves the way scientists conduct research through enhanced data collection, increased contact with educational institutions and heightened research visibility

Case Study

This Brazilian government agency guides the country’s progress in scientific research, technology and innovation. It conducts research to generate new knowledge and technologies, and it creates products and processes and grants patents to support Brazil’s development of informatics and automation. The agency’s highest objective is to transform the science and technology sector into a thriving component of Brazil’s economy and social development.

Challenge
Seeking to promote citizen education about the Amazon rain forest by cataloging all of the region’s plant species in a digital encyclopedia, the agency needed a way to provide convenient public access to this information, as well as to allow students, educators, scientists and communities to share their knowledge about the complex Amazonian ecosystem with each other.

Solution
The agency and a team of IBM volunteers are working together to create a collaborative “citizen science” portal for sharing and editing botanic data records. IBM Connections software provides the social platform and communication tools. The team is using several IBM technologies to develop the portal into Brazil’s largest digital encyclopedia for botanic data records. The project involves an IBM DB2 data server, and IBM Tivoli and IBM WebSphere software.

Benefits
· Enables informed discussions and decisions about rain forest management by providing citizens with convenient access to information and insights about one of the world’s most biologically diverse regions
· Promotes knowledge sharing and collaboration among students, educators and scientists through the use of wikis, user profiles and user communities, generating valuable educational activities and learning opportunities
· Improves the way scientists conduct research through enhanced data collection, increased contact with educational institutions and heightened research visibility

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Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
DB2 for Linux, Linux, Tivoli Directory Server, WebSphere Application Server, IBM Connections

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