In SELVA we believe that scientific information should be made available so that everyone interested can access and use it. This is why we have been working to make our project databases available through a wide range of existing online information exchange tools.
To date we have a growing database of bird observations in eBird, two banding datasets in the AKN, and now the data from Crossing the Caribbean is also available through SiB – Colombia’s official system for biodiversity information exchange (http://www.siac.net.co/web/sib/home).
As more researchers and organizations share their information through these tools, we will advance in our common research and conservation goals. Information exchange also reduces duplicated efforts and enhances the possibility to consolidate productive alliances. These tools can also be used by governments to access the most up to date information and to make informed decisions.