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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...

January 16th, 2017
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8th Call of the E-Learning Workshop on Data Recording for Technicians in Natural History Collections

Subscription period is now open for the upcoming Online Workshop on Data Recording for Technicians in Natural History Collections that will take place in February 22 - March 8, 2017. This workshop is addressed to technicians 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 Ligero (HZL), developed by the Coordination Unit of the Spanish GBIF Node.

This workshop is free. The subscription form is available online and must be submitted before February the 3rd. In the workshop webpage you can find all information about it and also the subscription form.

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January 10th, 2017
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2016 GBIF Country Reports are now available

2016 GBIF Country Reports are now available. These reports are developed by GBIF Secretariat and summarize statistics and other information on the mobilization and use of species data at the national level. These metrics represent change over the past 12 months, unless otherwise noted. To download the reports, select a country from the list at and click on the blue box marked Country Report at the top right of the page. The report for Spain is available at

In 2016 Spain was within the top ten countries publishing new data, Spain has become the 9th node that has shared more data through GBIF (over 3 million of records published during 2016). In addition, Spanish researchers have published 29 peer-reviewed articles citing GBIF use during 2016. We also would like to highlight that user sessions on and data downloads from Spain have both increased from previous year.

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December 19th, 2016
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ALA Key Technical Documentation available in four languages

It is already available the technical documentation about the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) biodiversity data portal components. This document which is the result of a collaborative effort from several GBIF Nodes is available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. This Encounter Bay project co-funded by the CESP programme of GBIF brought together four European GBIF Nodes: Belgium, France, Portugal and Spain supported by the GBIF Secretariat and the Australian GBIF Node. This is a very useful introduction to the ALA tools for any national Node, or indeed any group interested in setting up a thematic portal based on the Atlas.

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November 18th, 2016
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GBIF publishes 2015 Science Review

A new number of the Science Review has recently been released by GBIF. This document provides an annual survey drawn from the Secretariat’s ongoing literature tracking programme, which identifies research uses and citations of biodiversity information accessed through GBIF’s global infrastructure. This year's report gathers together more than 400 scientific papers that represents a 17% annual increase. Spanish authors published 32 papers using GBIF-mediated data that places Spain seventh on the list of world countries. More information...
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