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The Use of Mozilla Open Badges in Biodiversity Informatics Training

March 3, 2016 by Alberto González Talaván   Comments (3)

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In 2015 the GBIF Secretariat led a pilot experience on formal certification using Mozilla Open Badges as part of a training event addressed to GBIF nodes representatives. I would like to share the outcome of such experience with the biodiversity informatics training group. 
The Rationale Behind
At the GBIF Secretariat, we have been discussing for some time the need for being able to show the outcomes of our training activities beyond resource ratings, satisfaction forms and number of... Read full post

Next seminar on 15 December at 14:00

November 23, 2015 by DSchigel   Comments (2)

Our next speaker is Julien Troudet from France. Save the date!
TIME:              TUE 15 December 14:00
PLACE:            Conference room, Zoological Museum, II floor, at the end of corridor.
SPEAKER:       Julien Troudet, Muséum national d'histoire naturelle,... Read full post

Mammal Biodiversity in Colombia, using GBIF data

July 1, 2014 by Diego J. Lizcano   Comments (1)

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A basic analysis using data from GBIF about mammals for Colombia and using R.
First I downloaded the mammal data set for Colombia from GBIF. The data set has 85318 records (probably more if you get it after May 2014). From those records I used the one with hard evidence: the ones having preserved specimens, eliminating 1893 observations, mainly from iNaturalist and Corantioquia.
Some georeferences were really bad made, plotting points outside Colombia. So I decided to... Read full post

A free eLearning resource: 131 Tips on Graphics and Animations for eLearning

November 14, 2013 by Alberto González Talaván   Comments (0)

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A new free resource about the use of graphics and animations in digital training resources has been released by the eLearning Guild:

This guide is full of good advice on how to use graphics, photos, animations, colors, fonts, etc. to support and complement the learning process without blocking it nor distracting our learners.
It is also full of references to useful software and websites that you can use if you work in this... Read full post

The way forward on data quality

November 8, 2013 by Alberto González Talaván   Comments (0)

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Re-reading this recent thread (http://community.gbif.org/pg/forum/topic/35968/) about data quality workflows, I found this sentence by David Shorthouse from Canadensys:
"Now we need community-developed and maintained documentation on best practices for efficient, scalable, single field and multi-field validations across Darwin Core terms, within an entire resource and across resources."
I am convinced that 2014 will be a fantastic year to advance in data quality issues in GBIF!

Use of images and graphics in training

October 28, 2013 by Alberto González Talaván   Comments (1)

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Dear friends,
I just read this article about the use of images and illustrations in training (probably also valid for the development of any kind of text):
This is something I've had in my mind for some time. I generally support using images as part of the training resources. I'm particularly against long texts without a reasonable structure, proper use of typography and no images. But it is true that it can be... Read full post

How to invite people to your community site group

May 3, 2013 by Alberto González Talaván   Comments (0)

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I would like to briefly explain different options to invite users to a group, as it may not be completely evident the first time.
There are two main mechanisms to invite users through the system. You can also use other external mechanisms to invite people, which lately is my preferred choice. As evident as it may sound, the first thing that we need to take into account is that whoever wants to join a group needs an account in the site. Depending on that, we have different options:

The... Read full post

Problem with WFS access

February 7, 2013 by Onesime   Comments (0)

Hi all,
I would to work on GBIF data with my GIS. I would like to do some treatments like intersection, selection by attribute etc. for various species.
I tried to access to the data through the Web Service WFS, but it don't work. I used QGIS (I have this error message: "No Layers: Capabilities document contained no layers.") or PostGis. I tried different solution, fallowing advices on the GBIF website.
Does someone have a solution, or know why that doesn’t work?
Cheers, Onesime.

Good advice on how to record high-quality audio

November 28, 2012 by Alberto González Talaván   Comments (0)

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This is a compilation of recommendations by the members of the eLearning Guild in LinkedIn on how to record the best audio possible, for eLearning or any other purpose:

First and foremost, look for the most quiet environment possible, far from conversations, opening doors, computers..., and without echo;
Write a script and repeat it several times before the actual recording (it will avoid the 'uhmms'). Make sure that the main points come across, rather than say every word in the... Read full post

Biodiversity in the Greater Region

September 14, 2012 by Andre Heughebaert   Comments (3)

I'm deligthed to inform you that Bio-GR portal was launched yesterday at Greater Region Environment Meeting in Metz.
The Great Region, located between Rhine, Mosel, Sarre and Meuse, has a total area of 65.401 km2. Biogeographically, it is spread over the oceanic and continental zones.
The administrative complexity of the Great Region, four countries and five regional entities, offer a challenging opportunity for trans-boundary collaboration in terms of Nature... Read full post