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GBIF Science Review 2017

The GBIF Science Review provides an annual survey drawn from the Secretariat’s ongoing literature tracking programme, which identifies research uses and citations of biodiversity information accessed through GBIF’s global infrastructure. The peer-reviewed articles summarized in its pages offer a partial but instructive view of research investigations enhanced and supported by free open access data that the GBIF network of members and publishers make available.

GBIF Communications Strategy

This document summarizes how GBIF can structure its communication activities within its present community, while seeking to expand in the coming years.

Guía de Uso Básico de OpenRefine para la limpieza de datos sobre biodiversidad, 3era edición

Paula F Zermoglio & John R Wieczorek

Dealing with Sensitive Primary Species Occurrence Data

Arthur Chapman
This report reviews current approaches, discusses options and makes recommendations to GBIF, data providers, users of data, and to TDWG on a range of issues associated with dealing with sensitive primary species occurrence data. Principle among those are methods of generalizing information so that key information is still made available, while hiding sensitive information from the general public, especially where release of that information is liable to render harm to the environment or individual species,...

Guide to Best Practices for Generalising Sensitive Species-Occurrence Data

Arthur Chapman & Oliver Grafton
This document reviews approaches for the distribution of sensitive primary species occurrence data, such as the exact localities of rare, endangered or commercially valuable taxa, along with a set of recommendations to guide data holders in developing policies to obscure or generalise such data.

Twenty-year review of GBIF

, Paul Uhlir & Hans Pfeiffenberger
This independent report was requested from CODATA by the GBIF Governing Board and leadership, who comprise the primary intended audience. The report comprises two documents: • the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY, which presents the conclusions and recommendations; and, • the FULL REPORT which lays out thematically and discusses the substantial evidence which the CODATA team gathered through extensive research and interviews. Government decision-makers and others in the biodiversity community may want to read Chapter 9 of the...

Citation guidelines

GBIF Science Review 2018

GBIF Memorandum of Understanding

The signatories to this non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), being countries, economies, inter-governmental or international organisations, other organisations with an international scope, or entities designated by them, have decided that a co-ordinated international scientific effort is needed to enable users throughout the world to openly share and put to use vast quantities of global biodiversity data, thereby advancing scientific research in many disciplines, promoting technological and sustainable development, facilitating the conservation of biodiversity and the...

GBIF Science Review 2019


Guide to Best Practices for Georeferencing

Arthur Chapman & John Wieczorek
This document provides guidelines to the world’s best practice for georeferencing biological species (specimen and observational) data, presenting examples of how to georeference a range of different location types and providing information and examples on how to determine the extent and maximum uncertainty distance for locations based on the information provided.

Advancing the Catalogue of the World's Natural History Collections

Donald Hobern, Alex Asase, Quentin Groom, Deborah Paul, Tim Robertson, Patrick Semal, Barbara Thiers & Matt Woodburn
This document explores ideas for improved global collaboration to build, maintain and use a comprehensive *catalogue of the world’s natural history collections. Each idea is presented as a separate topic with a set of questions to guide discussion within the online consultation, Advancing the Catalogue of the World’s Natural History Collections.

Advancing the Catalogue of the World’s Natural History Collections

Donald Hobern, Alex Asase, Quentin Groom, Maofang Luo, Deborah Paul, Tim Robertson, Patrick Semal, Barbara Thiers, Matt Woodburn & Eliza Zschuschen
This paper explores needs and opportunities around digital information and services associated with natural history collections.

A Beginner’s Guide to Persistent Identifiers

Kevin Richards, Richard White, Nicky Nicolson & Richard Pyle
This guide is intended to cover the essential principles of Persistent Identifiers and demonstrate the requirements to start issuing and delivering Persistent Identifiers for biodiversity informatics datasets. The guide is aimed at the Persistent Identifier novice, highlighting pitfalls and suggesting useful tips to get up and running with identifiers. There is an assumption that standard best-practice data management principles have been followed regarding any applicable dataset.

Establishing an Effective GBIF Participant Node: Concepts and general considerations

, Mélianie Raymond, Kyle Copas, Tim Hirsch, Andrea Hahn & Marie Grosjean

Publishing sequence-derived data through biodiversity data platforms

Anders Gravbrøt Finstad, Anders Andersson, Andrew Bissett, Frode Fossøy, Marie Grosjean, Michael Hope, Urmas Kõljalg, Daniel Lundin, Henrik Nilsson, Maria Prager, Thomas Stjernegaard Jeppesen, Cecilie Svenningsen & Dmitry Schigel

Questionnaire on Dealing with Sensitive Primary Species Occurrence Data: Summary of Reponses

Arthur Chapman
This document summarises responses to the “Questionnaire on Dealing with Sensitive Primary Species Data” conducted on behalf of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility between 1 March and 1 April 2006, using Surveymonkey.com.

Current Best Practices for Generalizing Sensitive Species Occurrence Data

Arthur Chapman
This document aims to provide best practice (or best current practice) for dealing with sensitive primary species occurrence data, and provide guidance on how to make as much data available without at the same time opening up the species to harm because data has been placed in the public domain.

GBIF Documentation Guidelines

Principles of Data Quality

Arthur D. Chapman
The rapid increase in the exchange and availability of taxonomic and species-occurrence data has made the consideration of data quality principles an important agenda item. Users of this critically important data require details about the quality of this data, as it provides an irreplaceable baseline about biological diversity, serve as an essential resource in conservation efforts and may provide the only documented information about the occurrence of species in areas that may have undergone habitat...

Establishing an Effective GBIF Participant Node

This guide includes basic information about two key concepts for GBIF: our Participant nodes and the biodiversity information facilities. The text includes definitions, elements which need to be taken into consideration while building these structures, potential services, requirements and much more.

Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook: Delivering biodiversity knowledge in the information age

Donald Hobern, Alberto Apostolico, Elizabeth Arnaud, Juan Carlos Bello, Dora Canhos, Gregoire Dubois, Dawn Field, Enrique Alonso García, Alex Hardisty, Jerry Harrison, Bryan Heidorn, Leonard Krishtalka, Erick Mata, Roderic Page, Cynthia Parr, Jeff Price & Selwyn Willoughby
The Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook helps to focus effort and investment towards better understanding of life on Earth and our impacts upon it. It proposes a framework that will help harness the immense power of information technology and an open data culture, to gather unprecedented evidence about biodiversity and to inform better decisions. Much progress has been made in the past ten years to fulfil the potential of biodiversity informatics. However, it is dwarfed by...

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