Welcome to Version 2 of the Freshwater Biodiversity Information System (FBIS)!
The FBIS serves as a community platform for inventory and maintenance of freshwater biodiversity data with an end goal to assist the evaluation of long-term change in river biodiversity and ecosystem condition in South Africa.
This project, funded by the JRS Biodiversity Foundation and SANBI, and implemented by the FRC and Kartoza. System development is following an iterative process whereby user needs and feedback are incorporated in each of the three iterations of the system planned for the three-year (2018-2020) project.
This is not the final version (there is still a lot of refinement and additional functionality planned over the next year) so you may come across some bugs and errors. Please alert us to these by emailing a description and screenshot to [email protected].
By signing up and creating an account you will be able to (1) explore the map, (2) download maps, data, graphs and reports, (3) create a site and upload data, (4) query the data in the system and (5) flag an issue or system bug. If you do not sign up, you will still have access to all the above functions except the ability to upload data. We encourage you to upload fish and SASS records, so long as they are 'real data' - so as to keep FBIS as clean and accurate as possible.
The FBIS V2 release includes access to FBIS, a FBIS V2 user manual (accessed via the 'Help' tab on the top bar of the site) and a short video demonstration here https://youtu.be/L_hkoE8fDgo. These aids should help you to navigate your way around the system and test out the main functions and features, as well as flag any issues you pick up on while testing. Any questions can be directed to [email protected].
Please remember when uploading data: we only want real, non-fictitious data starting from now on.
Happy testing, and we look forward to receiving your feedback!