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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 20th, 2014
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The collaboration between the GBIF Nodes of France, Portugal and Spain finishes covering objectives

These three nodes identified complementary weaknesses and strengths that were developed trought this project and during 2014. These were: e-learning, data visualization, crowdsourcing, persistent identifiers, tools and processes to improve the data quality and publication of data papers. This project is part of the GBIF Mentoring program which aims to enhance capacities and impact of the involved nodes by leveraging on their capacities. Although the activities were conducted continuously throughout the year, three joint full-time sessions were organized.

The methods and materials that were introduced to this project will be useful to other nodes in GBIF. During the Annual Meeting of GBIF in New Delhi (India) in September 2014 a poster about the project was presented and can be downloaded here.


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November the 5th, 2014
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Nagoya Protocol enters into force and has implications for the natural history collections.

On October 2014, the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization entered into force in the European Union.

This will affect the work of natural history collections in the way that they must be able to trace the material's origin and legal conditions, specially the collecting persmissions for foreign material. There is a 1-year moratorium on the most relevant provisions for collections protocol. The upcoming versions of Herbar and Zoorbar include features that will allow to accomplish this protocol with the minimum of extra work.  By now it is a must to start archiving collecting permits of new material that comes into the collection.

More information at:   http://www.magrama.gob.es/m.aspx?i=gmeeDFgFND y http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/biodiversity/international/abs/index_en.htm


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October 24th, 2014
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GBIF publishes 2013 Science Review

GBIF has released its 2013 Science Review, which compiles peer-reviewed research papers from last year that make use of data published through GBIF’s global infrastructure. The Science Review lists more than 250 scientific papers published in 2013 that applied data drawn from across the GBIF network. These scientific articles are illustrations of data use in key areas 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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October 22nd, 2014
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GBIF Annual Report 2013

The 2013 GBIF Annual Report is now available to download. The report summarizes activities across the network for the year, including metrics for data publication, data use and visits to http://www.gbif.org/. Among the highlights for 2013 were the launch of the new, integrated GBIF.org, the introduction of real-time data indexing and publication of the Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook. The report includes rich illustrations of collaborative projects, data publication and use in each of the six GBIF regions.

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