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July the 21st, 2016
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New video is available: Natusfera’s user guide.

We have just published the video recording Natusfera’s user guide where Bernat Claramunt (CREAF) shows the main functionalities of the citizen science virtual platform Natusfera. Natusfera is an adaptation of iNaturalist (, developed to record and organize observations of nature, meet other enthusiasts and learn about the natural world. This video was recorded in Madrid during the official launch of Natusfera held in June 23rd at the Royal Botanical Garden-CSIC.

The video is available at .

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July the 19rd, 2016
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Migration process to Elysia

GBIF Spain recommends users of Herbar and Zoorbar, and other managers of natural history collections, to begin, as soon as posible, the process of migration to Elysia. Elysia is the more recent application software to digitize and manage botanical and zoological natural history collections developed by GBIF Spain. Do not hesitate to contact us via email address, and in chronological order we will assist all users in the migration process to Elysia. Currently we are already working on the migration of several collections, such as the Herbario BIO de Plantas Vasculares de la Universidad del País Vasco, the collections of Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas (CSIC) and Herbario de la Universidad de Sevilla.

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May the 23rd, 2016
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GBIF Spain releases Elysia: a complete natural history collections management system

GBIF Spain launches Elysia, the new application software to digitize and manage botanical and zoological natural history collections. Elysia is the result of merging Zoorbar and Herbar tools, which developments have now been suspended. Elysia includes all of their functionalities and other new ones as: generating universally unique identifiers for specimens (UUID), export process to Darwin Core Archive format and support to implement the Nagoya Protocol. Elysia is a Microsoft Access based program.

Elysia will be presented during workshop "Elysia, an appplication to manage natural history collections", that will be broadcast live via address

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April the 22th, 2016
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Online videos for the GBIF.ES workshop on Functionalities of the national data portal and its integration in corporative webs

The training videos from the last Workshop on Functionalities of the national data portal and its integration in corporative webs organized by the Spanish GBIF Node in April 2016 are now available online. A set of 12 videos trained by the staff of the Coordination Unit of GBIF.ES can now be accessed over the GBIF Spain website.

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