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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...

September 26th, 2016
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Improvement to

Here we summarize some recent functionalities available at the data portal of Users of the occurrence search page can now get free-text search results: records including the term Pirineos. Users can also view the results of any occurrence search on a map: spanish records with CC0 license. Occurrence search pages also support faceted navigation for basis of record, type status, dataset, country, year, month and much more. Users are also able to filter occurrences for ‘repatriated’ data: Spanish repatriated records. now correctly interprets occurrence data that use the Audubon Core standard for providing images, as a result, the number of records with images has increased to more than 11 million. In addition, Secretariat staff are working on more than 1,000 issues and enhancement requests collected since launching of the current site in October 2013.

The overarching goals in the first iteration of this work are to:

  • Implify the site and improve the search by providing cross-content search.
  • Improve the information representation on all pages, and support mobile devices properly.
  • Offer more map features and projections.

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September 19th, 2016
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The Sociedade Galega de Historia Natural (SGHN) joins GBIF network

The Sociedade Galega de Historia Natural (SGHN) is a non profit institution founded in 1973 with three targets to work: investigation, divulgation and environmental protection. Currently it carries several lines of research on Papilionioidea (Lepidoptera), Odonata, vegetables invasive alien species, Ziphiidae (Cetacea), etc. SGHN manages the “Museo de Historia Natural” in the town of Ferrol (A Coruña) focused on the natural history of Galicia and holds an important collection of marine vertebrates and especially preserves several holotypes and paratypes of recently described beaked whales. They have just published SGHN-Biota Galicia dataset with nearly 5,000 georeferenced records of insects from North-Western Spain.

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September 6th, 2016
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The Catalan Ornithological institute (ICO) joins GBIF as a new data publisher

The Catalan Ornithological institute is the new and latest Spanish institution that joins the GBIF network. ICO is an NGO focused on research and monitoring of birds in Catalonia (NE Spain). One of its most successful projects consists on the maintenance and promotion of the use of the portal, a website that allows citizens to store and share field observations of some groups of animals (mainly birds, but also other vertebrates and some groups of invertebrates). Some of this citizen science observations (vertebrates except marine fishes, dragonflies, diurnal butterflies, cicadas, freshwater bivalves and decapods) are starting to be uploaded to GBIF.

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August 26th, 2016
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Licensing milestone for data access in

All species occurrence datasets on now carry standardized licenses, giving data users and publishers greater clarity and enabling them to proceed with confidence about terms of use for data accessed through the GBIF network. In the next weeks GBIF will release a feature enabling users to search and filter occurrences by license type at the International Data Portal of GBIF. Built on a 2014 decision by GBIF's governing board, all occurrence datasets are now assigned one of the following three licenses from Creative Commons: CC0, CC BY y CC BY-NC. We highlight that more than 50% of all records share through GBIF now carry the CC0 designation, that places them permanently in the public domain.

We want to thank the collaboration of the Spanish publishers in this matter. Thanks to them all national datasets already have a standardized license and no single record was lost in the process. More information...
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