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The Global Biodiversity Facility GBIF is an inter-governmental organization borned in 2001 that currently comprises 53 governments and 43 international organizations. GBIF is a network of national nodes with an international mandate settled in Copenhagen. The main goal of GBIF is to provide free and open online access to global biodiversity data supporting at the same time scientific research, conservation and sustainable development. More information...

June the 23rd, 2016
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Natusfera is born: the virtual platform that connects nature lovers from all over Europe

Natusfera ( provides a space to record and organize observations of nature, meet other enthusiasts and learn about the natural world. The platform promotes the participation of a wide range of stakeholders such as hikers, citizen science associations, schools, NGOs, etc. Users can create their own projects through Natusfera website. The goal is to raise awareness among those communities and learn about nature and biodiversity to encourage exploration, connecting the different participants perceptions and sensibilities.

Natusfera is an easy-to-use open-source digital platform that does not require technical skills. It is available for everyone and allows users to upload, identify and sort photos (and sounds) of the living things they find in nature and also to create personalized lists or projects. At the same time, the platform is a virtual network where users are connected and help each other to identify species or fill multiple data projects. In addition, the platform enables users to enter their observations in a simple and intuitive way, using an Android app that can be downloaded here. In the future, the data gathered by users in Natusfera will be available for query on the National Biodiversity Data Portal of GBIF.ES (

Natusfera is an adaptation of iNaturalist, developed by CREAF ( It is funded by the Fundación Española de Ciencia y Tecnología (, Obra Social "La Caixa" ( , Nodo Nacional de Biodiversidad en España, GBIF.ES ( managed by the Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC ( and the Instituto de Ciencias del Mar ( The administration, coordination, maintenance and content management is carried out by the CREAF and GBIF.ES.

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May the 23rd, 2016
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GBIF Spain releases Elysia: a complete natural history collections management system

GBIF Spain launches Elysia, the new application software to digitize and manage botanical and zoological natural history collections. Elysia is the result of merging Zoorbar and Herbar tools, which developments have now been suspended. Elysia includes all of their functionalities and other new ones as: generating universally unique identifiers for specimens (UUID), export process to Darwin Core Archive format and support to implement the Nagoya Protocol. Elysia is a Microsoft Access based program.

Elysia will be presented during workshop "Elysia, an appplication to manage natural history collections", that will be broadcast live via address

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May the 4th, 2016
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2016 GBIF Young Researchers Award

We are welcome to receive nominations for the GBIF Young Researchers Award 2016. The main objective of the award is to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by graduate students who are deploying GBIF-enabled data in master’s and doctoral studies at universities in GBIF Voting and Associate Participant countries.  It is expected that the awards will stimulate graduate students to develop new research in biodiversity informatics and also serve as an outreach mechanism to universities.  Two awards of 4,000€ each will be made available for the winners. Applicants can obtain details regarding the submission of proposals and other information from the national GBIF node. In Spain, applications must be submitted to the Coordination Unit of the Spanish GBIF Node  ( before July the 1st 2016.

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April the 22th, 2016
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Online videos for the GBIF.ES workshop on Functionalities of the national data portal and its integration in corporative webs

The training videos from the last Workshop on Functionalities of the national data portal and its integration in corporative webs organized by the Spanish GBIF Node in April 2016 are now available online. A set of 12 videos trained by the staff of the Coordination Unit of GBIF.ES can now be accessed over the GBIF Spain website.

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