NSC Alliance President Larry Page participated in a panel discussion on biodiversity collections at the CODATA meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, on 30 October 2012. Discussion centered on the value of collections data to understanding and solving current and emerging policy problems, including natural resource management and loss of biodiversity. The discussion was organized by Melissa Cragin, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, National Science Foundation Directorate for the Biological Sciences. CODATA, the Committee on Data for Science and Technology, held its annual meeting on the topic of open data for a changing planet.
Our members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.