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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...

 
 
19 de Agosto de 2015
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The international GBIF Secretariat publishes its annual report

The GBIF 2014 Annual Report is now available online (PDF file, 2.55 Mb). On the publication details a number of achievements, and describes progress made towards the 2014-2016 Work Programme.

Spain is located on the top position, both for his contributions with new records and data consumption, we can see this in the graphics below. Congratulations to all those who have made this possible, than you.


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August 7th, 2015
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Recommendations of the JRS Foundation for data publication projects

The JRS Biodiversity Foundation contracted an independent study to assess the level to which data produced by JRS-funded projects were discoverable online, and the ease with which those data could be viewed or downloaded. Only about half of the expected data products were viewable or discoverable online, and in many cases data were not clearly connected with project results.

Promote data access in every way possible through multiple platforms, provide unrestricted access to and use of all project products; employ, as a default, the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license that permits copy and reuse, employ well-documented software, community standards, and repositories, acknowledge data sources and abide by their terms,… these are some recommendations of the JRS Foundation. In response at the results of the study, JRS has developed a new data access policy which states that projects funded by JRS will adhere to these principles.

HYou can read full article here


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July 17th, 2015
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2014 Report on Spanish Natural History Collections and Biodiversity Databases

The ‚ÄúRegistry of Collections, Projects and Biodiversity Databases in Spain of 2014‚ÄĚ is already available in the GBIF website. In this 5th edition both Biology collections and (no associated with collections) Biodiversity databases status up to December 2014 is presented.


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July 15th, 2015
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EEIKO, a new alien plant control online plataform.

Now the new platform is already working. This tool collected data contributed by citizen, after their validation by technical experts, can be displayed on the platform and in the data portal of GBIF.ES and in theGBIF.ORG.

EEIKO is also an answer for european laws about prevention, control and managament of alien species. It hopes to become in a a useful tool for land managers.

More information: www.eeiko.es and eeiko@basoinsa.com


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July 3rd, 2015
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The European Bird Census Council (EBCC) launch the ‚ÄúEuroBirdPortal‚ÄĚ

Gabriel Gargallo, from Institut Catal√° d‚ÄôOrnitologia (ICO), in the ‚ÄúGreen Week 2015‚ÄĚ just submit the EuroBirdPortal (EBP).

This portal shows, in dynamic maps, the distribution and fenologic birds patterns in a european scale. All this upon the basis of the more than 30 million of annual observations carried out by volunteers from 29 institutions in 21 European countries.


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July 2nd, 2015
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Task groups to help make data more ‚Äėfit for use‚Äô in key research areas

GBIF has assembled a pair of panels of international experts to explore how best to improve the use and application of GBIF-mediated data in agrobiodiversity and distribution modelling.

Each task group will assess coverage and completeness of data‚ÄĒoften referred to as ‚Äėfitness for use‚Äô‚ÄĒ and lends its expertise to recommend approaches that could improve research and applications in these thematic areas. Their work is part of a broader strategy to engage expert communities of interest to understand how biodiversity data are applied in particular use cases. Two researchers of the National Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC, Spain) --, Jorge M. Lobo and Miguel Bastos Ara√ļjo -- are among the experts in these task groups.


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June 30th, 2015
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Videos available from Ecological Niche Modelling XI GBIF.ES Workshop

Now available the videos from the last Ecological Niche Modelling XI GBIF.ES Workshop organized by the Spanish GBIF Node in February 2015. The theoretical and practical sessions taught by Blas Benito (Aarhus University, Denmark) can be viewed in streaming through the GBIF.ES website and soon in high definition through the portal CIENCIATK CSIC.
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May 29th, 2015
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New data collection through the GIBF network: Aranzadi Ringing Scheme (bird ring ‚Äď recovery data)‚ÄĚ

Now is available new data collection through the GIBF network: Aranzadi Ringing Scheme (bird ring ‚Äď recovery data), from the GBIF Spain data portal and from GBIF.org.

This collection gathers more than 300 thousand proceeding records of ringing and recovery of birds compiled from 1950 for the Ringing office of the Aranzadi Science Society. In that for every record the name of the information about the species name, recovery location or capture method, for example, is provided.

With this adition the records published by Spanish institutions in the GBIF global network amounts more than 11 million records published by GBIF.es


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May 29th, 2015
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GBIF Workshop on Using, Managing and Publishing Biodiversity and Natural Heritage Data

This workshop aims to address both conceptual and practical aspects of informatics aimed to record, publish and exchange environmental data. Some topics that will be included are: standars designed to exchange information about biodiversity; databases concepts and digital informationmanagement; and useful tools, methodologies and references in data management.

It will take place in June 17 and 18, 2015 in the computing facility of The Royal Botanical Garden (CSIC). Subscription forms must be submitted to info@gbif.es before June 5th, 2015. More information...
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May 19th, 2015
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The Iberoamerican Infrastructure for Biodiversity Information (I3B) has accomplished the "Workshop on digital documentation in biodiversity", of the 13 to April 17. This workshop has been developed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and organized by Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental - CRIA, INCT-Herbário Virtual da Flora e dos Fungos do Brasil INCT-HVFF, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais UFMG and the (GBIF.ES).

The Workshop there were 24 participants from 11 different countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Venezuela and Spain), experts in the field of biodiversity. After the close of the workshop, the participants acquired the commitment to implement and disseminate the content learned in the workshop in their domestic environments and contribute to the work to make accessible the biological information in their areas of study.

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May 18th, 2015
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iNaturalist.gbif.es: testing platform for citizen science. Launch and request for support.

Citizen participation can provide data highly relevant to our knowledge on biodiversity and its conservation. The Coordination Unit of GBIF Spanish Node in collaboration with CREAF, have launched a web platform for associations, schools and the general public to register their own observation on-line and contribute to our knowledge on nature.

This platform http://inaturalist.gbif.es is based on the iNaturalist’s, which is widely used in other countries. This web allows you to record observations about animals, plants and other organisms. You can also do it using a smartphone; download the android app at here.


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May 4th, 2015
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DOIs in GBIF.ES

The GBIF.ES data hosting service is now part of the DOI System. DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) provide persistent identifiers for publications and datasets, preferably of a scientific nature. DOIs allow you to access the objects that identifies, cite them in a consistent way, and retrieve statistics on access and use. These aspect are essential for building the future Internet (semantic web) ,as well as giving scientific credit to authors and compilers of these resources.

In the real world, this means that databases published in www.gbif.es/ipt, (new version: v2.2) will have their DOIs there.

Example: http://doi.org/10.15470/evi148

This accomplishment has been posible thanks to an agreement between DataCite Denmark, the International Secretariat of GBIF and the node of GBIF Spain via CSIC.


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April 29th, 2015
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Until May 11th will remain open the registration deadline for the GBIF Workshop Species Information Publication, which will be held on 25 and May 26 in the computer room of the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid (CSIC).

The workshop will address the issue of information about biological species from the perspective of the Plinian Core standard (https://github.com/PlinianCore/Documentation/wiki. Will be presented, in a practical way, examples, options, and tools for the development of species data sheets online and other associated resources.

Subscriptions forms must be submitted toinfo@gbif.es, before May 11th, more information and subscription forms on the website of the workshop.

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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 info@gbif.es, 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 info@gbif.es 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 info@gbif.es 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: http://avh.ala.org.au/search/#tab_simpleSearch

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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 http://www.gbif.org/resources/2250 

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