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

Systematikdagarna 2015

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Welcome to Systematikdagarna 2015!

This year Systematikdagarna will take place at Arkivcentrum Syd in Lund, Monday November 23 – Tuesday November 24.

Systematikdagarna is the yearly conference on systematics arranged by the Swedish Systematists Association. The meeting is open for anyone interested in systematics; amateurs, working systematists, and users of systematics in any form.

Arkivcentrum Syd is the new location of the Biological Museum at Lund University and include the botanical collections and part of the zoological collections. Conference localities and other facilities are also located within Arkivcentrum Syd.

We are aiming at a diverse program covering several recent advances in systematics. Topics included so far are the role of epigenetics in species separation, new findings on paleontology, updates on the implementation of the Nagoya protocol, and more, but not the least, we also hope for interesting contributions by you participants.

The conference will be mainly held in English so that non-Scandinavian participants also can benefit from the conference. The annual meeting of Svenska Systematikföreningen will be held in Swedish.

Arkivcentrum Syd is located at the southeastern part of Lund, but connections to the city center are frequent and fast. There are possibilities to stay at hotels close to the Arkivcentrum Syd or in central Lund. Lunches will be served close to Arkivcentrum, but late afternoon on Monday 23, activities will be arranged at the Botanical Garden and the Historical Museum with the Sven Nilsson exhibition in central Lund, and the conference dinner will be served at AF, Akademiska Föreningen in the historical city centre.

The website for the formal registration will open after the summer. We will then also give more information on lodging and other practical matters, including registration fee.

See you in November!

The organization committee of Systematikdagarna 2015

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.