the project Sponsors

   The State of São Paulo Research Foundation is one of the main agencies of the country. FAPESP sponsored the development of the speciesLink network from 2001 to 2005 (Process FAPESP 2001/02175-5) and has given support to the development of specific tools such as openModeller (Processo FAPESP 04/11012-0) a framework for ecological niche modeling.
   The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international organization that is working to make the world's biodiversity data accessible anywhere in the world. It has sponsored some of CRIA's developments (contract GBIFS / FW / 5 / 20040618) of interest to both GBIF and speciesLink such as tools for dataCleaning.
   The J.R.S. Biodiversity Foundation was created in January 2004 when the nonprofit publishing company, BIOSIS was sold to Thomson Scientific. The proceeds from that sale were applied to fund an endowment and create a new grant-making foundation. Its mission is to enhance knowledge and promote the understanding of biological diversity for the benefit and sustainability of life on earth. JRS is sponsoring the development of tools for the speciesLink network, such as its networkManager.
   Brazil's Ministry of Science and Technology (MCTI) was created by Decree No. 91,146 on 15th March 1985, fulfilling the commitment made by President Tancredo Neves to the Brazilian scientific community. Its sphere of responsibility is set out in Decree No. 5,886 dated 6th September 2006. As an organ of direct Administration, the MCT’s responsibilities include: national policy on scientific and technological research and innovation; the planning, coordination, supervision and control of scientific and technological activities; policies for developing information technology and automation; national policy on biosecurity; seeing; nuclear policy and control of exports of sensitive goods and services.
   The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) is an agency linked to the Ministry of Science and Tecnologia (MCT), dedicated to the promotion of scientific and technological research and to the formation of human resources for research in the country. Its history is directly linked to the scientific and technological development of Brazil. CNPq recently created the program of National Institutes of Science and Technology. One of the topics covered was the National Institute of C & T's Virtual Flora and Fungi, coordinated by the researcher Leonor Maia, from the Federal University of Pernambuco. CRIA is a partner institution contributing with its expertise in the speciesLink network.
   Finep (Research and Projects Financing) is a publicly owned company subordinated to the Ministry of Science and Technology _ MCT. Its mission is to encourage and finance innovation, and scientific and technological research in business, universities, institutes of technology, research centers, and other public or private institutions, mobilizing funds and combining the instruments employed in the country's economic and social development.
   The first network for Access to the Internet in Brazil, the National Education and Research Network (RNP) is made up of close to 600 educational and research institutions in the country, benefitting more than one million users. In 2005, the Science and Technology Ministry (MCT) launched the Nova RNP (New RNP). The objective was to improve network infrastructure at the national, metropolitan and local levels (campus networks); using applications and innovative services, serve the needs of specific communities (telemedicine, biodiversity, astronomy, etc.); and promote the qualification of human resources in information and communication technologies.
   The Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental, CRIA (Reference Center on Environmental Information) is a not-for-profit, non-government organization. Its aim is to contribute towards a more sustainable use of Brazil's biodiversity through the dissemination of high quality information and education. It is responsible for the development and maintenance of the speciesLink network. The network is the result of a partnership with many biological collections responsible for all the data available.

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Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental, CRIA
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo