Finland launches public test version of new national data portal

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The Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility (FinBIF) has launched a new portal providing free access to 35 million occurrence records of nearly 50,000 species recorded in Finland.

Released in a public test version, Laiji.fi (species.fi) is developed by the Finnish Museum of Natural History (LUOMUS), host of the GBIF national node. It is part of a wider three-year initiative called Envibase, administered by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), aimed at developing methods and tools to support biodiversity monitoring and research.

One of the main aims of the Envibase project is to promote and apply the concept of open data. Core information such as taxonomy and location data is unified in Laiji.fi, enabling data from different data sources to be combined in one data warehouse.

Under the project, FinBIF is also developing a new biodiversity monitoring system, an updated citizen science observation system and collection management system open to all Finnish natural history collections.

In the area of citizen science, Laji.fi will support data contributions from volunteers through existing tools such as an online form to report Invasive species observations, and the Finnish nature observation database Fieldjournal.org.

The portal was launched during a seminar held at the end of May. Among the speakers was Dmitry Schigel, Programme Officer for Content Analysis and Use at the GBIF Secretariat. A video of Dmitry’s presentation on GBIF and open data (in English) is online, as are other presentations from the launch (in Finnish).

More information is on the laji.fi portal.

Photo: Ural owl (Strix uralensis), Kotka, Finland. By Jyrki Salmi. CC BY-SA 2.0 

Major increase in Brazilian plant and fungus data shared through GBIF

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The volume of data covering Brazil’s rich variety of flora and fungi has seen a massive boost in recent weeks as datasets from around 100 of the country’s herbaria have begun flowing through GBIF.org.

The development results from a collaboration between the Brazilian-based speciesLink network, the National Institute of Science and Technology Virtual Herbarium of Flora and Fungi (INCT-HVFF), Brazil’s national node SiB-Br, and the GBIF Secretariat informatics team.

The incorporation of data from herbarium collections across the country has more than tripled the total number of species occurrence records published through GBIF from Brazilian institutions, currently standing at over four million records.

The INCT-Virtual Herbarium has been developed since 2009 as one of Brazil’s National Institutes for Science and Technology, funded jointly by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). The project is also supported by the CAPES Foundation of the Ministry of Education.

The Virtual Herbarium uses the speciesLink platform operated by a non-governmental institution, the Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental (CRIA). Initially bringing together 25 herbaria from Brazilian research institutions, the network now incorporates 100 herbaria serving over 5.3 million records online including 13 datasets from international herbaria repatriating data collected in Brazil.

From an installation of the GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit CRIA is hosting 112 datasets from herbaria across Brazil, in total amounting to over three million records that have been coming online in GBIF.org since May, as the individual contributing institutions register separately as GBIF data publishers. This process enables each of the herbaria to gain full visibility for GBIF.org users, with rich metadata describing the collections and a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) assigned to every dataset to enable proper citation when data are used in research.

These datasets include important collections from different regions of Brazil, for example:

This major addition to biodiversity data shared through GBIF from Brazil is expected to be followed in coming months by significant volumes of additional data from digitization projects supported by SiB-Br, including:


Photo: The pink star of the Cerrado trees - Tulip Wood - Physocalymma scaberrimum. Photo by Christoph Diewald. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Registration open for delegates to 2015 GBIF Governing Board meeting

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Heads of delegations, committee members and Node managers are invited to register online for the GBIF Governing Board meeting (GB22), to be held on 8-10 October 2015 in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

A training event for GBIF nodes will also be organized on 4-5 October in association with GB22. A public symposium entitled ‘Biodiversity of Madagascar’, organized by the Malagasy node, MadBIF, and the National Center for Environmental Research (CNRE), will be held on 7 October.

All information about GB22 and associated events is available on the GB22 website.

Job opening at GBIF: system administrator

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GBIF is seeking to recruit a talented system administrator to join its informatics team. The chosen candidate will be tasked with leading all aspects of system operations - from procurement, installation, deployment, monitoring and updates to network, security and backups.

The deadline for application is 25 June.

More details are in our opportunities section.