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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!

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

Advancing towards the first eLearning course produced by the GBIF Secretariat

May 2, 2012 by Alberto González Talaván   Comments (0)

The GBIF Secretariat have been working for some time towards the stablishment of an electronic learning (eLearning) platform, called the GBIF Virtual Classroom. A task group was set up in 2010 to discuss this issue and, as part of their work, the GBIF community of nodes was consulted through a survey to evaluate their situation in relation to eLearning. The results of that survey where published at the end of that year.

In this time, a test server have been set up and a company specialized... Read full post

Training components of the GBIF Participant Report 2010

September 21, 2011 by Alberto González Talaván   Comments (0)

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2010 is the second year that the Participant Report System has been used to collect information about the state of our network and its advancement towards the common objectives of GBIF. The full reports for 2009 and 2010 are available in the online resource centre.
In this blog post I will include a comparison on the results of the two years for the training area. It's important to highlight that the questions in the two years were not exactly the same, as in 2010 more precision was sought in... Read full post

Live video broadcasting free

September 15, 2010 by Alberto González Talaván   Comments (0)

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I came across a new (?) service today: Justin.tv
With this service, you can very easily broadcast a video (with audio) live! Anyone in the internet can follow the stream without the need of creating and account and the resulting video is available for others to see for at least 6 days. The service is for free but advertisement will be shown to the viewers.
It is extremelly easy to set up and does not require any application to be installed when using it from a computer. You just need a webcam... Read full post

26th Distance Teaching and Learning Conference, August 2010, Madisson, WI (USA)

September 2, 2010 by Alberto González Talaván   Comments (1)

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Last month of August I participated in this interesting conference, where two topics that I am working right now were heavily discussed: eLearning and online social networking.
This was a very busy conference with lots of parallel sessions. I have tried to summarise the most relevant ones I participated in. I hope other poeple find this useful and gives some food for thoughts:

Social Media for Trainers, by Jane Bozarth This session was centred on the potential use of social media for those... Read full post