IBIS Manual

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What is your future going to look like?

What if there something each of us could do to save the world?

The team behind IBIS believes there is a way in which together we could save the world from emerging biosecurity threats. This means better food security and safety, because we consider that the Irish Potato famine, the Kiwifruit disaster and incidents like that should never be repeated; 

The IBIS network believes that everyone should have the right to contribute to saving their planet.

We believe we have found the solution for them, if they work together. Operating from a biosecurity and food safety niche, we created IBIS, an open-source, online crowd-sourcing system to detect Emerging Disease Risks impacting on food security and the environment.


Detecting emerging issues is not new. However, it requires knowledge of biology, climate, sociology, epidemiology and other subjects -  the amount of information available is overwhelming. In other words, to detect biosecurity emerging issues, it’s necessary to have a team with expertise in all these areas; a world-wide team of experts.


Computer-assisted tools can help this team to utilise their tacit information, which they have accumulated by becoming interested in their fields. This is computer-assisted analysis. These tools not only help to make sense of all this information but also gather this faster than anyone by themselves would walk to the library or browse the net.

These tools have evolved from the world of intelligence; a profession which always kept on top of the waves by continuously innovating the way in which it gathers and analyses information. Fortunately, this once-hidden world dominated by security agencies is disentangling now from the classical security domain, becoming more accessible in an increasingly connected world. Intelligence is providing the know-how to deal with emerging risks. Intelligence tools can make sense of the signals we receive from science to detect emerging risks before they can damage our environment. But why are emerging risks are so important?

When the primary industries are the engine room of the economy, any biosecurity incursion can be a threat to the national economy. We cannot know all the threats that are out there and what threats will emerge in our ever-changing world. The key to detecting these is access to information, so that we can better understand and anticipate what’s heading our way. And we can take advantage of what IBIS offers: Early Warning > Better Planning > Rapid Response.

This manual provides information about IBIS, how it works and how to use it. If you feel something isn't explained sufficiently well, feel free to use the comments to ask questions or add information, and we'll aim to update the text accordingly.

Thoth, Maintaing the Universeby © Eugene Georgiades 2014