Welcome to Version 3 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, and there is refinement planned over the next six months so you may come across some bugs and errors. Please use the online error-logging function (indicated by a speech bubble icon) to alert us to errors and suggestions. By signing up and creating an account you will be able to (1) explore the map, (2) query the data in the system, (3) download maps, data, graphs and reports and (4) create a site and upload data. If you do not sign up, you will still have access to all the above functions except the ability to upload data.
The FBIS v3 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 ‘how to’ video series available here (URL). These aids should help you to navigate your way around the system and test out the main functions, features and work flows, as well as flag any issues you pick up on while testing.