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Open Refine

Open Refine is a standalone open-source desktop application for data cleanup and transformation to other formats, the activity known as data wrangling. It is similar to spreadsheet applications (and can work with spreadsheet file formats); however, it behaves more like a database.
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Diva GIS

Herramienta sencilla pero muy buena desde el punto de vista de los Sistemas de Información Geográfica. Resulta muy útil para científicos que trabajan en biodiversidad para obtener un vistazo general de los aspectos espaciales de sus datos. También está muy orientada a temas ambientales y de modelización, por lo que puede resultar muy sencilla en su manejo pero ofrecer funcionalidades avanzadas en estas temáticas. Además es una aplicación gratuita pero que solo funciona en entorno Windows. Sin embargo, puede utilizarse en MAC mediante wine/winebotller. La aplicación ofrece datos espaciales gratuitos y un foro de ayuda disponibles en su página web.
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Una interesante alternativa a Diva GIS, que resulta más generalista, no tan enfocada a biología, pero que posee código abierto, disponibilidad para trabajar en múltiples plataformas (Windows, Mac, Linux), es desarrollada continuamente de manera muy rápida y muy eficaz y presenta un sistema de complementos muy interesante.

InfoXY from Species Link

This tool was developed by CRIA with the aim of helping biological collections in validating geographic data. By entering data on geographic coordinates the tool returns information about the point, such as the name of the country, state or administrative region, and the name of the municipality or district. If the point is in the sea, the tool will calculate the distance to the closest coast, indicating the name of the country.
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GBIF data validator

The GBIF data validator is a service that allows anyone with a GBIF-relevant dataset to receive a report on the syntactical correctness and the validity of the content contained within the dataset. By submitting a dataset to the validator, you can go through the validation and interpretation procedures usually associated with publishing in GBIF and quickly determine potential issues in data - without having to publish it.
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Georeferencing calculator

A very useful tool to estimate the precision/accuracy of geographic data (also useful to transform "point + heading + distance" data to a new point). Formulas based on the advice/good practices of Arthur Chapman's, and written (and still updated) by John Wieczorek. Not always easy to use because of the number of input data required, but very detailed and there is not a lot of such tools.
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Countries ISO 3166-1 codes as MS Access

ISO 3166-1 is part of the ISO 3166 standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and defines codes for the names of countries, dependent territories, and special areas of geographical interest.

This standard is recommended by the Darwin Core standard to include the information in the CountryCode field and it is used in applications such as Elysia and Darwin Test, developed by GBIF.ES.
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Birds: AviBase

Avibase is an extensive database information system about all birds of the world, containing over 25 million records about 10,000 species and 22,000 subspecies of birds, including distribution information for 12,000 regions, taxonomy, synonyms in several languages and more.
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Fish: FishBase

FishBase is a global biodiversity information system on finfishes. Its initial goal to provide key facts on population dynamics for 200 major commercial species has now grown to have a wide range of information on all species currently known in the world: taxonomy, biology, trophic ecology, life history, and uses, as well as historical data reaching back to 250 years.
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