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Taller GBIF.ES: Gestión de colecciones de historia natural utilizando Herbar Zoorbar Fusión

10-12 noviembre 2015
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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...

November the 26th, 2015
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EUColComp: a competency framework for managing European Natural History Collections

EUColComp is a two-year Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP). The aim of the project is to transfer a set of universal competencies for collections management to institutions across the EU to help organisations to: identify the competencies required for particular roles; identify individuals’ levels of competence; and identify the vocational and educational training (VET) needed to address missing/weak competencies. More information...
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November the 24th, 2015
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Goodwin et al. highlight that GBIF is a tool to build answers, and not for taking the data it serves for them

Goodwin & al. (2015). Widespread mistaken identity in tropical plant collections. Current Biology 25(22): R1066–R1067

The authors --analyzing tropical plant data found in GBIF -- demonstrate clearly that GBIF provides access to thousands of biodiversity databases, each one build with its own criteria and constrains, and with different levels of quality and currentness. Using “GBIF data” without a critical approach and without a deep understanding of the entities to be analyzed is going to result always in bad science, or in a wrong basis for decision-making.

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19 noviembre 2015
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GBIF publishes 2014 Science Review

GBIF has released the 2014 Science Review, its annual compilation of peer-reviewed papers that use data published through GBIF’s global infrastructure in scientific research. The Science Review documents 350 scientific papers published in 2014 that applied data drawn from across the GBIF network. The Review also illustrates the range of applications through selected summaries that reflect articles of special interest for the scientific and policy communities  such as invasive alien species; impacts of climate change; species conservation and protected areas; biodiversity and human health; food, farming and biofuels; ecosystem services and ecology, biogeography and evolutionary studies.

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November the 16th, 2015
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7th Meeting on Biodiversity Information and Local Environmental Governments: materials available

The 7th Meeting on Biodiversity Information and Local Environmental Governments took place in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on October 26-29 2015 and was organized by the Department of Nature Protection of the Canarian Government in collaboration with the Spanish GBIF Node. The objective of this meeting was to gather together technicians of the public government that work with different aspects of the biodiversity information, for providing the common share and integration of data and information about biodiversity and the search of common solutions. Technicians from eight different regions attended the conference (Andalusia, Aragon, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Catalonia, Valencia, Navarra and the Basque Country), as well as representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, public companies and some island councils, among others. All materials are available on the website of the conference:

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