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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...

May 19th, 2015
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The Iberoamerican Infrastructure for Biodiversity Information (I3B) has accomplished the "Workshop on digital documentation in biodiversity", of the 13 to April 17. This workshop has been developed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and organized by Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental - CRIA, INCT-Herbário Virtual da Flora e dos Fungos do Brasil INCT-HVFF, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais UFMG and the (GBIF.ES).

The Workshop there were 24 participants from 11 different countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Venezuela and Spain), experts in the field of biodiversity. After the close of the workshop, the participants acquired the commitment to implement and disseminate the content learned in the workshop in their domestic environments and contribute to the work to make accessible the biological information in their areas of study.

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May 18th, 2015
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Citizen participation can provide data highly relevant to our knowledge on biodiversity and its conservation. The Coordination Unit of GBIF Spanish Node in collaboration with CREAF, have launched a web platform for associations, schools and the general public to register their own observation on-line and contribute to our knowledge on nature.

This platform is based on the iNaturalist’s, which is widely used in other countries. This web allows you to record observations about animals, plants and other organisms. You can also do it using a smartphone; download the android app at here.

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May 4th, 2015
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The GBIF.ES data hosting service is now part of the DOI System. DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) provide persistent identifiers for publications and datasets, preferably of a scientific nature. DOIs allow you to access the objects that identifies, cite them in a consistent way, and retrieve statistics on access and use. These aspect are essential for building the future Internet (semantic web) ,as well as giving scientific credit to authors and compilers of these resources.

In the real world, this means that databases published in, (new version: v2.2) will have their DOIs there.


This accomplishment has been posible thanks to an agreement between DataCite Denmark, the International Secretariat of GBIF and the node of GBIF Spain via CSIC.

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April 29th, 2015
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Until May 11th will remain open the registration deadline for the GBIF Workshop Species Information Publication, which will be held on 25 and May 26 in the computer room of the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid (CSIC).

The workshop will address the issue of information about biological species from the perspective of the Plinian Core standard ( Will be presented, in a practical way, examples, options, and tools for the development of species data sheets online and other associated resources.

Subscriptions forms must be submitted, before May 11th, more information and subscription forms on the website of the workshop.

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March 6th, 2015
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GBIF.ES Workshop on recording data (HZL), this workshop is addressed to technicians and researchers specialised in natural history collection specimen data recording, both in zoological and botanical ones. During the workshop, the different approaches to the digitization of this kind of information will be studied. The software application used will be Herbar Zoorbar Liegero (HZL), developed by the Coordination Unit of the Spanish GBIF Node. This workshop focuses on beginners users.

Subscriptions forms must be submitted to, before April 1st, more information and subscription forms on the website of the workshop.

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February 3rd, 2015
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GBIF.ES Workshop on biodiversity data capture with mobile devices and management (B-VegAna: ZamiaDroid and Fagus modules)

On March 24-25, it will take place the GBIF.ES Workshop on data capture with mobile devices and management (B-VegAna: ZamiaDroid and Fagus modules). VegAna is an integrated software package for the management and analysis of ecological data in general and especially in vegetation. ZamiaDroid makes easy to capture georeferenced data through forms using mobile devices (phones, tablets and cameras). You can enter text data (simple or indexed thesaurus) and / or photographs for defining custom projects. Fagus allows digitize and collect floristic citations in order to develop them and generate labels, floras, spectra, distributions, etc. The workshop will be conducted by Xavier Font (University of Barcelona). Subscriptions forms must be submitted to February the 25th.

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January 30th, 2015
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Launch of the new GBIF.ES national data portal: institutions, collections and datasets (9/9)

The GBIF.ES data portal makes available metadata for the Spanish institutions, together with their respective collections and datasets, which publish data through the GBIF network. In these pages you can filter to see only the collections that house a group of organisms (birds, plants, microorganisms), a map is displayed to show the location of these collections and a list of all of them is also provided. This information comes from the questionnaires sent to Spanish GBIF Node and the IPT platform. This way, you can look up the objectives of the institution, the collections it houses, the number of accessible records in GBIF, which species contains, where they have been observed or have been collected, etc. Keeping this information updated and correct is up to the heads of collections and institutions, for this purpose they can make use of the questionnaires mentioned above or contacting the Coordination Unit at for specifics. Watch the following video.

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January the 28th, 2015
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Launch of the new GBIF.ES national data portal: hubs for centres and projects (8/9)

The new GBIF.ES national data portal provides the possibility to create specific data pages for centers and projects (so-called hubs) within their own websites, where data can be searched, a map is displayed with their georeferenced records, statistics about the information shared within GBIF are shown, etc. We do not have an example of any Spanish institution that has already implemented this functionality, but we expect to show it at the next workshop in February the 4th and/or select centers/projects interested in integrating this option. In the Australian context you can check the AVH (Australian Virtual Herbarium) example:

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January the 26th, 2015
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Research use stats by GBIF

According to the latest stats published by the GBIF Seretariat, Spain was the second country in the world in publishing research papers citing use of GBIF-mediated data during 2014. You can access this and other relevant information at 

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