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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...

February 1st, 2017
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GBIF Spain 2017 Training Plan

The Coordination Unit of the Spanish GBIF Node has published its 2017 ANNUAL TRAINING PLAN. This plan includes 9 courses/workshops on diverse subjects. The most successful courses are repeated in 2017 such as the Ecological Niche Modelling workshop or the Online Workshop on Data Recording for Technicians in Natural History Collections. We will organize a more detailed workshop on GIS: Using QGIS and CARTO to work with biodiversity records and two more courses focused on enhancing the importance of international and national GBIF data portals as GBIF Secretariat is planning to launch a new portal in 2017 and GBIF Spain is planning to implement species module in its own portal. Furthermore, we will look through relevant topics such as data quality, data use, data publication process and how to accomplish INSPIRE Directive in the following workshops: Online Workshop on Data Quality in biodiversity databases, Biodiversity data publishing in GBIF and data papers and Using GBIF to comply with INSPIRE Directives. More information...
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January 23rd, 2017
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GBIF.ES Workshop: Using QGIS and CARTO to work with biodiversity records

An increasing number of ecologists and biological recorders are using QGIS software to help them visualise, explore and analyse their spatial data. During this course, participants will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of GIS and using QGIS as a tool to explore biodiversity records downloaded from GBIF. CARTO will be presented as another tool to visualise cartographic information. The workshop will be hold from 21st to 24th March 2017 in the computing facility of the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid (CSIC). The deadline to send online subscription form is February 20th, 2017. The price of this course is 120 €.

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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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