Running a Network on a Shoestring: the Global Invasive Species Information Network
Jarnevich, C.S., A. Simpson, J.J. Graham, G.J. Newman, and C.T. Bargeron
Jarnevich, C.S., A. Simpson, J.J. Graham, G.J. Newman, and C.T. Bargeron. 2015. Running a Network on a Shoestring: the Global Invasive Species Information Network. Management of Biological Invasions. 6(2): 137–146.
The Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN) was conceptualized in 2004 to aggregate and disseminate invasive species data in a standardized way. A decade later the GISIN community has implemented a data portal and three of six GISIN data aggregation models in the GISIN data exchange Protocol, including invasive species status information, resource URLs, and occurrence data. The portal is based on a protocol developed by representatives from 15 countries and 27 organizations of the global invasive species information management community. The GISIN has 19 data providers sharing 34,343 species status records, 1,693,073 occurrences, and 15,601 resource URLs. While the GISIN's goal is to be global, much of its data and funding are provided by the United States. Several initiatives use the GISIN as their information backbone, such as the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) and the North American Invasive Species Network (NAISN). Here we share several success stories and organizational challenges that remain.