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Latest Global Biodiversity Information Facility Stories

2013-07-26 13:49:58

Environmental consultants, research ecologists, nature conservation agencies, city managers, translators, and many others, all need to put names to plants at one time or another. The sources used often are not scientifically up-to-date, making it difficult to figure out the accepted name or proper vernacular to use in a vast country like Canada. The VASCAN database simplifies this task for all users. The database content was developed by a team of botanists led by Dr. Luc Brouillet, a...

2013-05-13 13:02:53

Study uses data on 50,000 common plants and animals to predict worldwide range losses without urgent action to limit emissions Climate change could dramatically reduce the geographic ranges of thousands of common plant and animal species during this century, according to research using data made freely available online through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). Research published today in the journal Nature Climate Change looked at nearly 50,000 globally widespread and...

2012-07-06 11:42:31

Public to play major role in mobilizing expanded range of data needed to preserve vital functions of life on Earth, conference concludes. A landmark conference has agreed key priorities for harnessing the power of information technologies and social networks to understand better the workings of life on Earth, focussing on how biodiversity can continue to sustain human lives and livelihoods. The Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (GBIC), gathering some 100 experts from around the...

2012-03-14 21:22:33

Aligning standards will help share information on biodiversity yet to be discovered. Important progress has been achieved towards including genomic-level information in the data made freely available through GBIF. Successful alignment of informatics standards for recording species occurrences and gene-sequence descriptions has opened up new possibilities for integrating the different types of data. The mapping of three standards was completed at a GBIF-led workshop in Oxford, United...

2011-12-19 13:23:13

A new German-based project is setting out to rescue biodiversity data at risk of being lost, because they are not integrated in institutional databases, are kept in outdated digital storage systems, or are not properly documented. The project, run by the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, provides a good example for a GBIF recommendation to establish hosting centers for biodiversity data. This is one of a set of data management recommendations just published by GBIF. The...

2011-12-15 13:01:29

Recommendations target social, cultural, technical, policy, legal, economic components to promote data sharing A comprehensive framework to encourage and facilitate the sharing of biodiversity data has been published in a peer-reviewed journal. The 24 recommendations of the GBIF Data Publishing Framework Task Group are included in a special supplement of BMC Bioinformatics. Some of the measures proposed by the task group have already been taken up by GBIF and others, including the...

2011-11-11 18:31:58

Study used over 300,000 mammal records from US to assess importance of climate, land cover on species presence at various scales Analysis of a massive set of mammal data accessed through the GBIF Data Portal has helped quantify the influence of various environmental factors on which species are present in a particular area. A team of Israeli scientists based at the Technion Institute, Haifa, used all available mammal occurrence records with detailed coordinates in the ℠lower...

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2008-02-25 13:05:00

Rapid progress fosters confidence massive project can be done; public asked for its sayThe first 30,000 pages of a massive online Encyclopedia of Life were unveiled today at the prestigious Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) Conference in Monterey, California. Intended as a tool for scientists and policymakers and a fascinating resource for anyone interested in the living world, the EOL is being developed by a unique collaboration between scientists and the general public. By making...


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  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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