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Biodiversity in Numbers

Summary

The SiB Colombia is the national node of GBIF, its purpose is to provide open access to biological biodiversity information and promote its use.

Biodiversity in numbers is the synthesis of data available in the SiB Colombia portals, the objective of regionalization is to generate tools that allow access to relevant information of biodiversity of the regions both to the community and to the people in charge of making decisions about the territories.

My role in the project was mainly to lead the research, definition of interfaces and manage the integration between design and development.

Team

SiB Colombia:

  • 1 Product Designer (me)
  • 2 Developers
  • 2 Data Scientists
  • 1 Project Manager

Delivery

  • Design System
  • Responsive webapp
  • GraphQL API

Time

16 sprints to version 1.1 and 12 sprints to version 1.2

Challenge

Data on biodiversity come from multiple sources: biological collections, inventories, monitoring, EIA, DNA barcodes, camera traps, remote sensing, participatory science, agrobiodiversity, degree thesis, among others, however, this raw data does not meet the needs of all users interested in using it and it is necessary to process and synthesize it so that it can be converted into valuable information for academics, politicians and researchers.

The main challenge was to create a product that resolved the transformation of data into relevant and easily understood information, minimizing the friction of the interested people and reducing the burden of queries to the SiB Colombia team.

Another important challenge that we faced as a team was to generate a scalable system considering the implementation of this same information window for the 32 departments of Colombia and other specific geographic areas.

SiB Colombia data portal, platform where all raw data published through the system is available.

Design Sprint

Who do we design for?

The problem of accessibility to open data exists at different levels: the first, the generation of efficient processes for the collection and publication of these, second, the presentation and navigation of these data in a usable way and the third level, where we focus on Biodiversity in Numbers, is the value provided by information.

Not all people have the same knowledge and needs when looking for information of Biodiversity, in this case we identified through interviews with actors from different sectors such as students, peasants and politicians, that there is a constant need to consult immediate information without the need to process data to obtain information that communicate the state of the regions.

So together with the communities, we defined a product that would help solve immediate questions through data synthesis and data visualization.

Iterating to the heart of the problem

We had a design base, of a product that frequent users consumed, so we took it as a reference to start exploring, asking, rebuilding and implementing design and development processes that allow us to continue scaling and creating derivative products for other regions.

Biodiversity in Numbers version 1.0

Redesign of Biodiversity in Numbers version 1.0

Wireframe home versión 1.1

Wireframe geographic viewer version 1.2

Mockup geographic viewer 1.2

Resultados

The first Biodiversity in Numbers to be published was implemented for the department of Santander Colombia, a few months later usability updates were made for the department of Boyacá and later applied to Santander. Biodiversity in Numbers notably improved the reduction of queries that had to be resolved manually, in addition 2 new instances are being implemented for other regions of the country and the update for a major version is under development where in addition to answer how many species and register.

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