The GBIF.org network is working to expand the range of languages available to users worldwide. Currently, it is possible to access the site and choose, besides English, from Spanish, Japanese and now Portuguese interfaces. The Portuguese version was officially published yesterday, enabling the users of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries to work on the platform using their native language. The international data portal still plans to have the interface translated into Russian, Chinese, Danish, among others.
The recently published article by Taylor et al. (2018) presents, among other information (read the full article: http://bit.ly/2vKG5uJ), an updated checklist with 275 mammal species from Angola, comprehending 245 species with records obtained through GBIF, via the Biodiversity Data Portal of Portugal.
The symposium coincides with GBIF's annual Governing Board meeting, is a full-day event and will highlight some of the work that GBIF and its global network is doing to mobilise biodiversity data for research and to inform decision making for global biodiversity action, among other issues.
The 2nd Global Biodiversity Information Conference will be held in Copenhagen, from 23‐27 July 2018. GBIC2 will convene a broad group of invited stakeholders to discuss how an international coordination mechanism for biodiversity informatics could operate and how it could accelerate delivery of the linked and open global biodiversity data infrastructure to the benefit of science and society. While attendance will necessarily be limited, GBIC2 represents just the opening stage of a broader consultation process.
GBIF is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader with international standing to fill the post of Executive Secretary and guide GBIF into the next phase of its development.
The Challenge honours the memory of Dr Ebbe Schmidt Nielsen, an inspirational leader in the fields of biosystematics and biodiversity informatics and an important founder of GBIF. It will award up to €34,000 in prizes to innovative individuals and teams that can improve the access, usefulness and quality of open biodiversity data by creating new tools and technical solutions such as new applications, visualizations, methods, workflows or analyses, or build on and extend existing tools and features like:
This project aims to describe reporting processes and data flows in five European countries, investigate how GBIF could facilitate reporting and recommend changes to GBIF tools/procedures, if needed. Best practices will be identified, summarized and spread to all European countries.
The project will be articulated around two phases:
The call for applications to the 2018 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge will be open on 9 May 2018. The challenge seeks to encourage innovative uses of and applications for the open biodiversity research infrastructure supported by GBIF. These creative applications of GBIF-mediated data can come in a wide variety of forms and formats—for example, new analytical research, richer policy-relevant visualizations, web and mobile applications, improvements to processes around data digitization, quality and access, or something else entirely.