[Taxacom] GBIF progress

Robert Huber rhuber at wdc-mare.org
Mon Feb 2 06:48:28 CST 2009

Dear Eamonn,

Thank you for posting those links again! I don't know if this is the right
place to comment the GBIF strategy, but just let me say that I really
welcome to _finally_ see ISO, OAI, CSW etc.. on the GBIF agenda!
However,  I would very much welcome if GBIF would not decide to support only
one of those metadata as well as protocol standards mentioned in the
document, but to support several of them. It would be great to have CSW for
GEOSS interoperability, OAI for harvesting etc. I would also like to mention
here that the use of ISO 19XXX family especially ISO 19115/19139 should be
carefully reevaluated in comparison with EML. Some concepts of the 19XXX OGC
standard family, such as Feature Catalogue (19110) are quite flexible and
could perhaps be helpful.

But maybe this topic was already dicussed in depth in one of the TDWG

best regards,

2009/2/2 Eamonn O Tuama (GBIF) <eotuama at gbif.org>

> Dear Wolfgang,
> We see a key role for GBIF mediated data in supporting reporting
> obligations
> at both national and international levels. This requires a sufficient
> quantity and quality of data in terms of taxonomic, geospatial and temporal
> coverage that is readily discoverable and accessible on the network. The
> GBIF Work Programme for 2009-2010
> (http://www2.gbif.org/PosterWPA0low-res.pdf) seeks to address this and is
> founded on development of a metadata catalogue system that documents
> biodiversity resources, whether digitised or not. This is being developed
> as
> part of the GBIF Global Biodiversity Resources Discovery System (GBRDS)
> (http://www2.gbif.org/PosterGBRDSA0low-res.pdf) and also includes just
> such
> a plan as you allude to, to develop an infrastructure for demand driven
> mobilisation of data through the Global Strategy and Action Plan for the
> Digitisation of Natural History Collections
> (http://www2.gbif.org/GSAP_NHC.pdf).
> GBIF, is about to appoint a special metadata task group to provide
> implementation guidelines for the metadata system, building on the
> recommendations in the general strategy document that was developed last
> year
> (
> http://wiki.gbif.org/dadiwiki/wikka.php?wakka=FilesUpload/files.xml&action=
> download&file=GBIF-metadata-strategy_v.06.pdf<http://wiki.gbif.org/dadiwiki/wikka.php?wakka=FilesUpload/files.xml&action=%0Adownload&file=GBIF-metadata-strategy_v.06.pdf>
> ).
> We welcome input from all those interested in seeing such a biodiversity
> resource discovery system implemented.
> With regards,
> Éamonn
> _______________________________________________
> Éamonn Ó Tuama, Ph.D. (eotuama at gbif.org),
> Senior Programme Officer, Inventory, Discovery, Access (IDA),
> Global Biodiversity Information Facility Secretariat,
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> Dear All,
> in these days and weeks many colleagues will be busy with preparing the 4th
> (last!) National Reports for the Convention on Biological Diversity and for
> sure the question will come up again: cannot we accelerate the process of
> unlocking vital information hiding in natural history collections and other
> resources?
> I'd say Yes we can!
> In the beginning of last year, GBIF had the target of reaching one billion
> records by the end of 2008. They didn't reach by far, but now there may be
> a
> good moment to think about additional strategies. In fact, the discussion
> started by GBIF does sound convincing and realistic to me: Development of
> an
> infrastructure for demand-driven mobilisation of data!
> We just know there are plenty of unmobilised data out there but don't know
> where. So, what basically seems to be needed is a sort of Index to data
> that
> are not yet digitized or not yet open-access.
> Resources that should be indexed include literature, collections, online
> resources, etc. - as well as active field researchers, naturalists, etc.
> who
> can be recruited for ad-hoc data collection.
> >From my point of view, an index should have as basic elements:
> A standardised (fit-for-use) electronic catalogue of names with focus on
> species' level names, and an easy-to-use global grid so that all geospatial
> information can be stored and retrieved in handy units, - e.g., simple
> lat/lon-cells like in systems used by some air patrols (simply coded, e.g.
> 'NE47011a' for the upper left quarter of the one-degree cell between 47B
> 0-48°N/ 11°-12°E. Such cells can be displayed by exactly one pixel point in
> the global overview map used by GBIF).
> Best wishes,
> Wolfgang
> ---------------------------
> Wolfgang Lorenz, Tutzing, Germany
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