New Delhi, India, 26 July 2006: The Department of Biotechnology under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology, India has developed a set of nine CDs. Called `Jeeva Sampada,’ the first-ever digitised inventory of India’s vast bio-resource provides data on 39,000 species and offers images, distribution maps and an interactive data retrieval system.
It offers information in 10 modules on taxonomy distribution, uses, chemical composition, economic potential and other literature on 2,700 medicinal and economically important plants, 9,000 species of animals, 17,000 microbes and 7,000 marine organisms. It is claimed to be the largest database on bio-resource at about seven GB (gigabytes).
Releasing the database on July 25 the Union Minister for Science and Technology Mr. Kapil Sibal said it was designed to be of use to a wide range of users, from students, teachers and the general public, to ecologists, conservation-biologists, foresters, policy makers and patent offices.
The Union Minister also released an atlas of maps of the biodiversity of East Coast, Eastern Ghats and Central India prepared using the geospatial data generated under a joint project of the Department of Biotechnology and the Department of Space using the techniques of satellite remote sensing and the GIS. The maps provide location-specific information for more than 5,000 plant species, including their current status.