Strategies for Open and Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Latin America: Focus on Health and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development

CODATA Workshop Biography

Vanderlei Perez Canhos, vcanhos at

Dr. Vanderlei Canhos has a BsC degree (1971) and MsC degree (1975) in Food Science from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), and a PhD degree from the Oregon State University (1980). He acted as assistant professor at the Food Science Department at UNICAMP from 1980 to 2001. For the last 20 years Dr. Canhos has been involved with the development of strategies and policies for the consolidation of biological collections and biodiversity databases in Brazil. He acted as scientific director of the Tropical Culture Collection (CCT) and Tropical Data Base (BDT) from 1985 to 2001. He is currently the President Director of the Brazilian Reference Center on Environmental Information and the team leader of a number of projects including the openModeller, a computational framework for environmental spatial modeling ( He is also currently involved with the feasibility study for the establishment of the Amazon Basin Information Facility - ABBIF, through a capacity building project involving biological collections and information centers from 9 Amazonian countries.

In the last 10 years, Dr Canhos has been involved with a number of biodiversity information initiatives, including:

He has acted as: He is currently acting as:
  • The Global Alliance for Enhancing Access to and Application of Scientific Data in Developing Countries, of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, UN G@ID
  • U.S. National Committee for CODATA
  • Brazilian National Committee for CODATA.
  • CODATA Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in Developing Countries