The Portuguese Node of GBIF will provide a national questionnaire for registering and updating databases of biodiversity and biological collections between 15 October and 30 November. The questionnaire aims to upgrade the survey conducted in 2006, under the GBIF Mentoring Project Spain - Portugal, but this time it will cover the databases of biodiversity data, which were not included at that time.
Terá lugar no próximo dia 9 de outubro, durante o meeting anual em Berlim com a 20ª reunião do Governing Board do GBIF, o lançamento da nova versão do Portal desta rede que disponibiliza dados sobre a distribuição de espécies no planeta. Esta ferramenta melhora substancialmente o acesso à informação já existente e o seu uso será testado em direto no Science Symposium, integrado no programa do encontro, podendo ser também acompanhado em direto no link https://new.livestream.com/gbif/.
É lançado hoje (2 de Outubro) o relatório Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook que define os passos fundamentais para aumentar o enorme potencial das tecnologias de informação e uma cultura de dados abertos para obter novos resultados sobre a biodiversidade e dar melhor suporte à decisão. A nova iniciativa pretende coordenar os esforços globais e apoios à obtenção da melhor informação possível sobre a vida na Terra, e o nosso impacto sobre a mesma.
The latest number GBits newsletter is already available, which is published bimonthly to disseminate the latest activities of the GBIF network. In this issue, emphasis is given to mentoring projects approved, which includes the participation of Portugal along with Spain and France in a proposal for exchange of experience and capacity between Nodes. It is also announced the launch of the Portuguese Node portal and the highlights in the Portuguese press to the prize Ebbe Nielsen awarded by the Portuguese researcher Miguel Araújo.
The GBIF's mentoring programme for 2013 will support the proposal by France, Spain and Portugal to facilitate the capacitation of their coordination units in several domains like the vizualization of georreferenced data or a crowdsourcing platform for digitizing biological collections. This is one of the three projects selected to allow a total of eight countries to increase capacity in biodiversity informatics for network sharing previous expertise. In other projects, the node of Colombia will mentor the Brazilian one and Belgian will be mentoring Togo and Mauritania.
The first training organized by the Node was held in the past 11th and 12nd of July on Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT), dedicated to participants from institutions willing to become data providers to GBIF in the near future.
Miguel Bastos Araújo, professor e investigador convidado da Universidade de Évora, foi distinguido com a atribuição do prestigiado galardão EBBE NIELSEN PRIZE, concedido anualmente pelo Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
The new portal of the Portuguese Node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility was recently released in bilingual version (Portuguese / English), in order to publicize the activities of the GBIF Secretariat, the Portuguese Node and of other national Nodes of the network. This release occurs simultaneously with the attribution to the Portuguese researcher Miguel Araújo of the prestigious Ebbe Nielsen 2013 by GBIF, acknowledging his pioneering work on the study of the impact of climate change on biodiversity.
The Tropical Research Institute, based in Lisbon, was designated by the Foundation for Science and Technology to be the Portuguese Node of GBIF. The protocol signed by both institutions provides for the development of an bilingual Internet portal, the promotion of GBIF at national level, installation and management of infrastructure and information systems for the storage of databases, the assessment of the state of digitization of biological collections, conducting training and dissemination of GBIF activities along the CPLP countries.