International ALA Workshop


The International ALA Workshop will be held in Madrid (Spain) the 3-5 October 2016. This workshop brings together software developers from GBIF Nodes of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Sweden to enhance the development of national data portals based on the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) a national project focused on making biodiversity information accessible and usable. The Australian, French and Spanish Nodes will assist the other Nodes based on their previous experience. The host for this course will be GBIF Spain (GBIF.ES) and the venue will be the Royal Botanical Garden (CSIC).

Here you can find the location of the venue, hotel, restaurants in the area, transports and other useful information:



3 October 2016 - morning session

09:00 - 10:00Introductions
(Cristina and all participants)
Introductions by organizers, instructors and participants (what do you expect to get out of the workshop).
Review of the agenda.
Practical information (coffee and lunch breaks, internet access, resources, etc.).
10:00 - 10:30Previous meetings
Background information: from the first ALA workshop in Costa Rica till now.
10:30 - 11:00Coffee break
11:00 - 12:00(all of us)The current situation data portals (2 or 3 slides by project)
12:00 - 12:30Architecture ALA Portal
ALA Architecture review
12:30 - 13:00Ansible


3 October 2016 - afternoon session

14:30 - 15:00Documentation
ALA GitHub
EncounterBay Documentation
CoopBioPlat project
15:00 - 15:30Grails
Quick overview architecture of grails.
15:30 - 16:00Biocache-Hub
How to config?
16:00 - 16:30Coffee break
16:30 - 17:30Biocache-HubPractical session


4 October 2016 - morning session

09:00 - 10:30Collectory-hubHow to config? List options in config.groovy
Manage data: indexing process with biocache, customizations.

  • Adding a lot of data.
  • How about updated data on a specific IPT?

Provider Codes and Maps.
Customizations (functionalities ways).

10:30 - 11:00Coffee break
11:30 - 12:30Images
How to manage the images in Data Portal?

  • Image module.
  • Image from external servers
11:30 - 12:30Taxonomy
Working with our Taxonomy. Adding, configured, linked…
Manage data: indexing process with biocache, customizations.

  • Vernacular names.
  • Working with different taxonomies, is it possible?
  • Possible to use empty taxonomy, so no taxonomic matching will be done?

How to create our own Name-matching.
National checklist.
Taxonomy Backbone / Is it possible to include this taxonomy in the Data Portal? (Dave)

12:30 - 13:00Security
(all of us)
What possibilities we have to implement a good level of security in our Data Portal. E.g: France (apache conf), Spain (apache conf), Australia (cas service),...
Basic security ALA options: Spain / France

  • Collectory manage.
  • MySQL
  • Solr

Know basic issues?


4 October 2016 - afternoon session

14:30 - 16:00Internationalitazition
About the ALA Portal User Interface
Step-by-step guide UI translation
Language configuration
Multi-lingual support
16:00 - 16:30Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30How to customize their own modules
How to compile and run for testing your changes.

  • Styling the application (Skinning of modules).


5 October 2016 - morning session

9:00 - 10:00Spatial Module
Next step.

  • Is it possible to install it on a local machine?
  • Install geoserver?
10:00 - 10:30ALA4R
10:30 - 11:00Coffee break
11:00 - 11:30Upgrades
Road map: Cassandra, solr.
11:30 - 12:00ALA Future
What are the upcoming developments?
How ALA see the future?
12:00 - 12:30EGI initiative
12:30 - 13:00Collaborative jobHelping to other nodes/countries to adapt ALA Portal.


5 October 2016 - afternoon session

14:30 - 16:00Resolving Issues / general doubts
(All of us)
16:00 - 16:30Coffee break
16:30 - 17:30Conclusions


October 6 and 7, 2016

This advance part will be just for members of the CoopBioPlat project: // The purpose of this two days meeting will be to review the state of each national data portal based on ALA and move forward on the developments of Species and Geospatial modules.

Listado de Participantes

  • Nombre Organización
  • 1 Carlos Rafael Alonso Torres CONABIO México
  • 2 Dominik Röpert GBIF Germany
  • 3 Jörg Holetschek GBIF Germany
  • 4 Manash Shah GBIF Sweden
  • 5 Rui Figueira GBIF Portugal
  • 6 Jérémy Goimard Canadensys GBIF Canada
  • 7 Carmen Lujano Bermúdez GBIF Spain
  • 8 Silvia Lusa Bernal Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid, CSIC
  • 9 Marie-Elise Lecoq GBIF France
  • 10 Fabien Cavière GBIF France
  • 11 Santiago Martínez de la Riva GBIF Spain
  • 12 David Martin Atlas of Living Australia GBIF Australia
  • 13 Cristina Villaverde Úbeda-Portugués GBIF Spain