|This programme brings together GBIF Participant nodes with complementary skills and needs to share their experiences and expertise through partnerships and node-to-node interactions. It enables personalized transfer of information, technologies, experiences, best practices and know-how between nodes.
Under the GBIF’s mentoring programme for 2013 a common project between GBIF nodes in Spain, France and Portugal was approved and funded. These nodes had previously identified common areas where each country could benefit from other’s experience. For instance, GBIF France used its experience with a website using crowdsourcing to digitize botanical specimen labels, to support a similar pilot project in Spain and Portugal. France also supported Spain and Portugal in developing a tool for visualizing data from their collections, based on tools developed for the new French data portal. As part of the same project, GBIF Spain helped to set up an e-learning platform and an e-learning training package for GBIF Portugal and GBIF France. Training events on publishing data papers and on data quality were also carried out.
The first capacity exchange event was held from January 21 to 23 in Madrid and stemmed from one of the three projects to receive funding under the 2013 GBIF Mentoring Programme. At the event, GBIF Spain demonstrated the use of its e-learning platforms and building e-courses. The node offered its current platform – ATutor – to be used and adapted by the other nodes.
Tools and procedures put in place by GBIF Spain for publishing national biodiversity data were also presented and discussed. Darwin Test, a software application developed by GBIF Spain to validate datasets in Darwin Core format, was shown and put in practice. IPT practical exercise about how to use the tool and use it to build a sample data paper was also part of the agenda.
All materials from the event are available at: http://www.gbif.es/formaciondetalles.php?IDForm=124.
In the second meeting in Lisbon (28-30 April 2014), the main achievements were:
Journal options and requirements for publishing data papers: review on the journal options, requirements to publish data papers, and the coordination going on between GBIF and different publishers to facilitate the use of IPT to prepare data papers.
Exploring challenges and opportunities in using Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) portal code for Nodes Data Portals: demonstration about the advantages for the GBIF nodes in using the Atlas of Living Australia (provided by GBIF Australia with the support from GBIF Secretariat).
Cleaning biodiversity data using Open Refine: presentation of a practical exercise on the advantages of using the Open Refine to perform data quality checks of DarwinCore Archive datasets.
Presentations and related materials of this mentoring event are available at: http://www.gbif.pt/node/160
GBIF France will hold the third and last capacity exchange event in Paris from October 14 to 16, 2014. This meeting will focus on crowdsourcing and more specifically on the project for herbarium label transcription Les Herbonautes (http://lesherbonautes.mnhn.fr), developed by the French National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) and the GBIF France IT team. This will allow GBIF Portugal and GBIF Spain to set up similar collaborative platforms for data digitisation based on crowdsourcing.
Another topic will be a state of the art presentation of data visualization tools for the Spanish and Portuguese nodes.
The persistent identifiers should also be mentioned during the meeting, given the current discussions about this subject in the scientific community and within the GBIF network.
All materials from this event will be available after the meeting at the following url: http://www.gbif.fr/content/mentoring-project-france-spain-portugal-gbif-14-16-october-2014
See informative poster: http://www.gbif.es/ficheros/Mentoring2014/MentoringPoster2014-A4.pdf