PROJECTS
Our current initiatives include four projects supported by the Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India and The Habitats Trust.
PILOT AGGREGATION PLATFORM FOR CATALOGUING AND MAPPING LIFE OF INDIA (CML)
Gaur (Bos gaurus). Photo by Siddarth Jude Machado (CC BY 3.0)

PILOT AGGREGATION PLATFORM FOR CATALOGUING AND MAPPING LIFE OF INDIA (CML)

CML is conceived as the central axis of a large scale National Mission on Biodiversity and Human Well-Being that will aggregate validated biodiversity data from India. Currently data on Indian biodiversity are in silos.
This effort aims to collect and aggregate biodiversity data from diverse sources on to a single platform with simple and intuitive visualization, navigation and querying tools. The platform will be built on the open source ‘biodiv’ technology with a microservice architecture with latest technologies and ‘mobile first’ interfaces. It will be built for scale and for aggregating, handling and serving ‘big data’ on biodiversity.

MEDICINAL PLANTS PLATFORM FOR HEALTH & SUSTAINABILITY

The MedPlant project is in collaboration with The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences & Technology (TDU) which has been focusing on traditional systems of medicine for over three decades.

They have aggregated multiple databases on the nature and distribution of medicinal plants in India from oral and written traditional knowledge.
MEDICINAL PLANTS PLATFORM FOR HEALTH & SUSTAINABILITY
Medicinal plants platform for health and sustainability
The project will be building a MedPlant site aggregating information available with TDU as well at the India Biodiversity Portal. It will detail medicinal plants, their biology and distribution; and medicinal uses for human, animal and plant health. It will leverage local health traditions to build local level health security in communities across India.

BETA VERSION OF A HEALTH HEAT MAP
Beta version of a Health Heat Map

BETA VERSION OF A HEALTH HEAT MAP

The Health Heat Map (HHM) project will curate and aggregate all available public health information and provide it on a map based interface.
A lot of public health data is published by central and state governments. These are in silos and normally in diverse formats that do not allow easy access and integration.

The beta version of the HHM platform will aggregate public health information and build indicators of health based on various national and international metrics which in turn are based on a generalized Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework. It will allow easy exploration and comparison of the indicators on a map and is intended to generate awareness on the quality, availability and use of public health data for planning and action.

MAPPING THE MALABAR TREE TOAD

Mapping the Malabar Tree Toad is a collaborative work between Metastring Foundation and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, with the support of The Habitats Trust.

The Malabar Tree Toad (Pedostibes tuberculosus). a Western Ghats endemic, is endangered primarily due to fragmentation of habitat and deforestation.
MAPPING THE MALABAR TREE TOAD
Malabar Tree Toad (Pedostibes tuberculosus). Photo by Karthik A.K.
(CC BY 3.0)
Scant knowledge of its distribution, population status, and ecology has constrained the assessment of the conservation status of this species, in turn affecting conservation action.

This projectaims to build a long-term conservation strategy for this and other amphibian species by developing local capacity for amphibian surveys and monitoring, and assess the conservation status of this species. The project includes field level workshops and awareness programmes, complemented by field surveys conducted by citizen scientists to collect information on the distribution and ecology of this species, and to make this data available in the public domain through the India Biodiversity Portal. We expect that this project will pave the way for further citizen-science based projects especially for amphibian conservation in India.