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Are you a GBIF data user? help improving it!

This year, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) established three task groups to help improving the data mobilized through GBIF.org. One group has been devoted to give recommendations on the data required to produce species distribution modelling, a second group has been working on strategies to accelerate the discovery of bio-collections data, while the third group has been working in suggestions to improve the quality and quantity of agrobiodiversity related data available through the portal.

Magnoliophyta georeferenced data available through GBIF.org (queried on October 13th, 2015)

Density map of Magnoliophyta georeferenced data available through GBIF.org (queried on October 13th, 2015)

The agrobiodiversity task group was organized by GBIF and Bioversity International, and its members were selected based on long-standing collaborations with both institutions. The group held regular meetings to discuss needs and improvements that may help GBIF improving the quantity and quality of agrobiodiversity related data that is being mobilized through the portal. The group also designed and applied a survey that was sent to experts, technicians, postgraduate students, and specialists producing research related in some extent to agrobiodiversity to capture the opinion and suggestions from a wide audience.

The recommendations for GBIF, uses cases and results of the survey are summarized in the final report that will be presented to the GBIF Secretariat. The final report is now available online (http://www.gbif.org/resource/82283) and open for feedback here. We will be taking your feedback until the 15th of December.

The group was largely focused on crops, but encourages colleagues working on tree species, livestock, pollinators to provide their feedback, specially in terms of what standard(s) and features should be made available through GBIF.org, and if an standard like DarwinCore adresses their data needs.

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