I am deeply interested in the life sciences and am always looking for opportunities to indulge in this passion in as many different ways as possible. My experiences in research and education have left with me a strong belief in the need to share and exchange information. I think that open access, especially to information about a shared natural resource like biodiversity, is essential in understanding our responsibility towards our environment and working towards its conservation.
At present, I work in the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, India, as the Program Officer for the India Biodiversity Portal (IBP). I joined the IBP (URL: http://indiabiodiversity.org) team in July 2010 and have been involved in expanding the platform of this initially completely spatial database to include non-spatial data components like species checklists and species pages in accordance with global standards of sharing and exchange of biodiversity information. The thrust of my work on the portal is aimed at building comprehensive open access sources of biodiversity information for Indian species.
As an EoL Rubenstein Fellow, I will be involved in (a) developing content for a wide range of Indian species, with special focus on those found in its two biodiversity hot-spots, the Western Ghats and the Eastern Himalayas; (b) identifying, building and coordinating a community of expert and non-expert contributors of species information on the IBP, and, (c) facilitating exchange of information between the IBP and the Encyclopedia of Life.
- Full name
- Chitra Ravi
- I am
- an enthusiast, a student, an educator
- Curator level
- Full Curator
- Program Officer, India Biodiversity Portal (IBP). EoL Rubenstein Fellow, 2012.
- Curation scope
- "Biodiversity in India".