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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...

March 6th, 2015
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GBIF.ES Workshop on recording data (HZL), this workshop is addressed to technicians and researchers 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 Liegero (HZL), developed by the Coordination Unit of the Spanish GBIF Node. This workshop focuses on beginners users.

Subscriptions forms must be submitted to, before April 1st, more information and subscription forms on the website of the workshop.

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February 3rd, 2015
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GBIF.ES Workshop on biodiversity data capture with mobile devices and management (B-VegAna: ZamiaDroid and Fagus modules)

On March 24-25, it will take place the GBIF.ES Workshop on data capture with mobile devices and management (B-VegAna: ZamiaDroid and Fagus modules). VegAna is an integrated software package for the management and analysis of ecological data in general and especially in vegetation. ZamiaDroid makes easy to capture georeferenced data through forms using mobile devices (phones, tablets and cameras). You can enter text data (simple or indexed thesaurus) and / or photographs for defining custom projects. Fagus allows digitize and collect floristic citations in order to develop them and generate labels, floras, spectra, distributions, etc. The workshop will be conducted by Xavier Font (University of Barcelona). Subscriptions forms must be submitted to February the 25th.

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January 30th, 2015
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Launch of the new GBIF.ES national data portal: institutions, collections and datasets (9/9)

The GBIF.ES data portal makes available metadata for the Spanish institutions, together with their respective collections and datasets, which publish data through the GBIF network. In these pages you can filter to see only the collections that house a group of organisms (birds, plants, microorganisms), a map is displayed to show the location of these collections and a list of all of them is also provided. This information comes from the questionnaires sent to Spanish GBIF Node and the IPT platform. This way, you can look up the objectives of the institution, the collections it houses, the number of accessible records in GBIF, which species contains, where they have been observed or have been collected, etc. Keeping this information updated and correct is up to the heads of collections and institutions, for this purpose they can make use of the questionnaires mentioned above or contacting the Coordination Unit at for specifics. Watch the following video.

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January the 28th, 2015
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Launch of the new GBIF.ES national data portal: hubs for centres and projects (8/9)

The new GBIF.ES national data portal provides the possibility to create specific data pages for centers and projects (so-called hubs) within their own websites, where data can be searched, a map is displayed with their georeferenced records, statistics about the information shared within GBIF are shown, etc. We do not have an example of any Spanish institution that has already implemented this functionality, but we expect to show it at the next workshop in February the 4th and/or select centers/projects interested in integrating this option. In the Australian context you can check the AVH (Australian Virtual Herbarium) example:

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January the 26th, 2015
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Research use stats by GBIF

According to the latest stats published by the GBIF Seretariat, Spain was the second country in the world in publishing research papers citing use of GBIF-mediated data during 2014. You can access this and other relevant information at 

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