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Date of creation
2009-11-30 15:28 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2009-11-30 15:28 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)

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Independent Evaluation of the Biosafety Clearing-House Pilot Phase Implementation
A. Townsend Peterson
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A. Townsend Peterson
Natural History Museum & Biodiversity Research Center and Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas
United States of America, 66045
Phone:+785 864 3926
Fax:+ 785 864 5335
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The Pilot Phase Implementation of the Biosafety Clearing-House has achieved an admirable state of advance to provide an information base for the Biosafety Protocol. The technology employed represents state-of-the-art distributed database approaches, which are now sufficiently stable, efficient, and accepted to serve as the basis for an Internet-based Biosafety Clearing-House. Shortcomings of the Pilot Phase implementation of the Biosafety Clearing-House include the need for greater focus on user needs, particularly related to help facilities, ergonomics, download speed, and content oriented at the needs of all users. The assessment of capacity needs and preliminary training efforts connected with the Pilot Phase have been somewhat less successful, lacking seriously in careful design oriented at assessing and meeting the capacity needs of countries involved, particularly with regards to longer-term needs, immediate needs of seed-funding and training, and pedagogy.
Thematic areas
  • Information-sharing and management
    • BCH Central Portal
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Type of resource
  • Report / Review / Fact sheet / Notes
34 page PDF document