As said earlier, I represent the Danish GBIF participant node, but i have answered as the bee
researcher which I also am ;-)
At present I do not have funding to complete Coral Geographic, but the intention is to make it
freely available on a website as soon as possible. This the most comprehensive and larges
biogeograhic database in the marine realm
Best of luck with GBIF.
Can you help me answer the question: "What is this organism called?"
did not addrerss my issues about sampling methodologies which are of great importance
easy communication with data provider is essential
Fish species data under different conservation status. Isolated or fragmented populations and
subspecies. Historical distribution maps.
for data to be delivered and captured some training to data providers needs to be given (some
food for thoughts). Well done!
For taxonomic work, information about morphology of primary types is essential as far as
original descriptions of taxa too often appear uninformative and digiphotos available are not
informative enough. Study of types on loan is optional for this work, but some institutional
collections can not send out material - on understandable reasons. Here is a pitfall for
GBIF still suffers from a significant bias in content, management and policy due to its origins in
servicing the parochial needs of the northern hemisphere museum taxonomist community. It is
still not servicing the real needs of the conservation, biosecurity and biotechnology sectors.
GBIF's international data portal lacks in visuals related to species georeferencing maps. They
are poor and lack tools and visualization options. Information for each record could be wider and
clearer if other interest fields could be included in the online application. Another important issue
is that according to the type of biological collection we're dealing with, some underrepresented
fields could be added or better represented. For example, if I have a collection of pollen slides,
I'm not interested in georeferencing and collector's data, but in the conservation system,
species, if SEM pictures are available, etc. In GBIF there are many biological collections that
actually don't fit because GBIF is not adapted to them, or doesn't care about them.
Given the characteristics of the required information on species and populations, this is often
related to secondary information. Therefore, and in order to better evaluate this information, we
should be able to relate it better to species' requirements for working in Protected Areas.
How do I get hold of this survey's results, as well as your conclusions and actions derived from
How does GBIF collaborate with our platform?
I am lost in the swirl of acronyms, terminology, jargon, schema, standards, etc. Please make
widely available a "primer" of some sort (or links to where one already exists) that helps those of
us who are not particularly computer-savvy to become better informed of at least the basic
information necessary to navigate online information and records. For example, when doing a
GBIF search of occurrences for the plant family I©m working on, it comes back as "No
occurrences records found". I don©t know if the database is incomplete, containing no records
for this family, or if I©m doing something incorrectly in my attempt to search for records.
I didn't know about GBIF until receiving the survey through the College of Biologists
I didn't understand some questions, so I left some blanks. The materials I've been using are the
technical records about flora and fauna species.
I do not often use GBIF myself but rely on direct contacting institutions directly through the web.
If I can figure out how to give my records to GBIF, then perhaps I would use GBIF for my work
I don't understand the latest questions from the point of view of global ranges, as, in general,
I have filled this survey out on behalf of myself and not on behalf of my institution as a whole.
As far as I©m aware, there was no co-ordinated effort to respond to this survey at the institutional
level at our museum
I have not used gbif much and this type of work is a small part of my job.
I have not used GBIF, but this survey prompted me to visit the site. At first glance it appears to
be especially useful for my needs.
I have waisted my time trying to answer your questions
I personally work on intraspecific diversity subjects (genes), that for me are actually primary
biodiversity data. I believe it would be necessary to determine what studies of this type exist
among different taxa.
I think that GBIF is doing a great job, invaluable for basic research
I think that if the information could be classified at the local level, this could lead to a good
environmental planning by organisations and governements
I think the databse would be more useful if the speed of finding infomration, there are too many
clicks required to get to the information you are looking for..
I wish GBIF portal usage seminars are organised at the national level
I would be very happy to provide the specimen data gathered during my taxonomic revisionary
studies to GBIF as many of the specimens come from smaller museums who have not the
ability to provide access to their holdings through GBIF. Furthermore, the insect specimen data
are now properly identified and up to the latest taxonomic standard. I have tried to use the new
IPT software, but unfortunately cannot figure out how to upload my specimen data.
I would like to learn more about GBIF.
I'd like to have access to species listings at the county level.
In the name of Oceanographers Without Borders, thanks for supporting Open Access to
scientific publications. Your work is excellent, you should not discontinue, you have our support.
information already stored in natural history collections are not the main problem of primary
biodiversity data but university projects never bing published or amateur data never being made
Information on Indian type materials of plants in european herbaria in image form will help
research workers in India
It is a very important and fundamental initiative, but perhaps collections should be better
commited to the quality of information they enter into your databases.
It is really a pity that the distribution maps produced cannot be exported in a nice format useful
It would be helpful to see user statistics, i.e.what kind of information is mostly browsed and what
kind of data is frequently requested but still lacking.
It would be useful to have data from published checklists for particular sites available and
searchable by species online.
Its probably not worth using my survey. I©m still busy setting up CASABIO and developing the
software. I©ve been busy with PhD, and when thats done I shall concentrate on it. The NGO,
CASABIO, will be obtaining GPS-linked records of plant species occurrence linked with images
of those species. We shall be starting in the Cape. So many of the answers are based on future
requirements. Thanks David Gwynne-Evans
Many of the problems in the data are due to gaps in the science! We need more taxonomic
work, especially that which includes life history and associated flora/fauna studies.
My feed back may not be very accurate, as I have not used GBIF until recently. I do not have
enough experience in the use of this data base to give reliable answers, and I did not
understand all (of) the questions.
My primary data are the specimens (flies) themselves. All checklists, taxonomic accounts, etc.
are secondary, not primary data.
no comments at this stage
On the main webpage, change the Global map projection to better see the northern and the
southern extremes... move off Mercator.
One of the reasons that I started my web site was because I couldn©t find that information
Paleontologic data could easily be added and it provides the only history of prior extinction
events, climate change etc.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Please note that the GBIF portal is very difficult to use. All attempts I have made to use it
produce the species I am looking for but then produce nonsensical localities
please pay attention to survey design; not easy to answer the questions
Please show or send a general summary of this exercise
Portal is slow, at least 10x slower than google.
questionnaire is too long
radio buttons of the first question did not work. some questions were difficult to understand. it is
good that this questionnaire was programmed in a way that also old browsers can read it
See you in Copenhagen in June.
Since GBIF is now using the USDA Plants database records for plant distributions, there is no
way to differentiate between vouchered records and other kinds of records. This greatly limits
the usefulness of GBIF data for many serious, scientific purposes, given that science must be
repeatable and verifiable.
some questions are ambiguous; not easy to answer if you are not a regular user
Thank you for making the possiblity of the Panbiogeography Atlas a reality
Thank you for your interest in inproving the quality and availability of the databases of the
technical collections that hold the biodiversity information at the global level.
thank you. and i am willing to be a member of this organization. this is very applicable in my
Thanks for sending me this survey
Thanks for your time. I'd like to know what electronic information exchange mechanisms are
there, if viable.
Thanks GBIF makes my work easier!!!
thanks! Sorry this has to be quick, but the more cephalopods species and fishery information
The data I use is primarily species location data for conservation management purposes. The
reliability and accuracy of the data can be variable, but must be clearly indicated. I presently use
multiple data sources, of which GBIF is the least often used and the least important.
The GBIF data model (ABCD) does not permit, as far as I know, to describe the observation
protocols used (and, therefore, all obtained information). This could be a hint about the
evolution of the GBIF model.
The GBIF database could be improved if import of higher quality data could be funded
The quality of the French of some questions is poor.
This response is being made on my colleagues© & institutes©(NBRI) behalf. The examples cited
as documentary publications include primary biodiversity data generated mostly through our
own field surveys and observations. GBIF datasets are often used to authenticate species
distributional records of taxa of interest to our studies.
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