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      The Path from Policies to Theory: A story from the Mexican biodiversity agency

      Biodiversity Information Science and Standards

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          Abstract

          Researchers often assume that the results of their work, after suitable publication, will find their way to influence policy. The Mexican biodiversity agency (CONABIO) is an example of the opposite process. Policy-makers in Mexico asked questions and demanded solutions to problems that were academically incipient or not even stated. These demands from actual users lead to the development of informatics tools, software, and eventually, theoretical developments. I will be describing a few instances of how this happened at CONABIO. The stories exemplify how questions of policy, databases, software, and theoretical developments were interlinked in the work of a government agency in a developing country.

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          Biodiversity Information Science and Standards
          BISS
          Pensoft Publishers
          2535-0897
          October 08 2019
          October 08 2019
          : 3
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          10.3897/biss.3.47011
          © 2019

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