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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...

April 27th, 2017
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Open call for the training course Use of Agrobiodiversity information in GBIF and other databases

GBIF Portugal, GBIF Spain and College Food, Farming and Forestry (F3) of the University of Lisbon are launching a call for applications to the regional training course Use of Agrobiodiversity information in GBIF and other databaseswhich takes place on 28, 29 and 30 of June, in Lisbon. With this course, we intend to respond effectively to new challenges in the use of agrobiodiversity information on food production and healthy diets. The target audience is people that have a relationship and/or experience with AGB: producers, regulators, members of ONG, teachers, researchers, or other users on this subject. The course will be conducted in english. There are no fees for the participation. However, participants will have to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. The organisation will provide lunches and coffee-breaks during the course. The deadline to send online subscription form is May the 19th, 2017. More information...
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April 24th, 2017
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2017 GBIF Young Researchers Award

We are welcome to receive nominations for the GBIF Young Researchers Award 2017. 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 5,000€ 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 June 30th 2017. More information:

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April 20th, 2017
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Over 23 million Spanish biodiversity records available in GBIF

Congratulations! Thanks to the national providers the Spanish contribution to the GBIF network goes currently over 23 MILLION RECORDS. Along the first quarter of 2017 there have been several new institutions, collections, and data uploaded to the network. This activity means an increase of 60 % of all Spanish data published. We would like to highlight the last contribution of SEO/BirdLife, that has recently shared its 9 million bird ringing database. This dataset contains information collected thanks to the scientific bird ringing carried out since 1954. Records yet available at the GBIF.ORG data portal.

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March 22nd, 2017
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Natusfera, the Spanish citizen science platform, available now on iOS

Natusfera, the citizen science platform to record, organize and share naturalistic observations that was launched in June 2016 it is now available on iOS. After the first few months of operation and web platform and the Android mobile application testing, Natusfera has already obtained over 7,000 naturalistic observations from 1,900 users. Having the app also available for iPhone users will make Natusfera increase the number of naturalistic observations and make it accessible to all users regardless of the Smartphone system or smart tablet they have. Natusfera is being promoted within the ECSA to be the reference platform for biodiversity monitoring in Europe. Natusfera for iPhone is available in Spanish, Galician, Catalan, Basque, English, French, Portuguese and Italian and can be downloaded at:

Natusfera is an adaptation of iNaturalist and it is jointly coordinated by CREAF, the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) and the Royal Botanic Garden (RJB-CSIC) through GBIF Spain, that are all of them are ECSA institutional members.
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