Wednesday saw the launch of the Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook (GBIO), based in large part on the Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (GBIC). The aim is to provide a framework for biodiversity informatics and its applications in the hope that the field will unite around a shared vision of where we are and what needs to be done next:
We invite funders, policymakers, researchers, information technology specialists, educators and the general public to unite around the framework detailed in the following pages. The rewards of coordinated action will be as exciting and significant as the great scientific collaborations to advance our understanding of space, the human genome and the fundamental particles of matter.
There is a web site http://www.biodiversityinformatics.org/ with more details and links to related resources, and an invitation to get involved (although there doesn't appear to be an online forum where people can comment).