[Taxacom] A nice acronym

Bob Mesibov mesibov at southcom.com.au
Tue Jun 4 03:12:04 CDT 2013


The 'alphabet soup' of biodiversity databases and data-fiddling projects is enormous, but there are some acronym gems. This one is pretty clever: FORMIDABEL, the Belgian ants database, just described in ZooKeys:

http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/4898/formidabel-the-belgian-ants-database

FORMIDABEL is a joint project from two working groups of specialists and was built bottom-up, with specialists doing the data checking and cleaning. The entire database is freely accessible through its own dedicated website and is offered up under a Creative Commons BY-NC licence. You can also get the data through GBIF after accepting GBIF's painful data-use agreement. I don't know if the datasets are synchronised.

A fascinating peculiarity of FORMIDABEL is that its ca 27000 occurrence records (1866-2012) are located as 5x5 km UTM grid squares. The uncertainty associated with each record is (explicitly) the radius of a circle centered in that square, or approximately 3.5 km.
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