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A security architecture for sharing distributed biodiversity databases

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4th World Congress Conference, Proceedings of the 24-26 July 2006 (Orlando, Florida USA) Publication Date 24 July 2006  701P0606.(doi:10.13031/2013.21931)
Authors:   Marcelo Succi de Jesus Ferreira, Pedro Luiz Pizzigatti Corrêa, Antônio Mauro Saraiva
Keywords:   Biodiversity Information Systems, Security Architecture, GBIF, web services

Nowadays, the main initiative to integrate biodiversity databases worldwide is leaded by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). Its solution is based on the DiGIR (Distributed Generic Information Retrieval), a set of protocols and standards, such as HTTP, XML, and UDDI. As biodiversity data has economic and scientific value, and DiGIR approach doesn't answer questions like "who is using the data" or even "which data is being used", new database providers could feel inhibited in joining GBIF system. This paper proposes a web services based architecture for shared biodiversity databases that provides some security services, as authentication and confidentiality, and considers other functional requirements as access control. The architecture is discussed and an implementation is suggested.

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