[Taxacom] Global Registry of Biological Repositories is now online

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Fri Oct 25 22:00:11 CDT 2013

And, of course, all this can be done on Wikipedia, since it relies on community curation! Another reinvented wheel!!

On Saturday, 26 October 2013 3:41 PM, "Schindel, David" <schindeld at si.edu> wrote:
The GRBio registry, like Index Herbariorum, BCI and biorepositories.org, relies on community curation.  People enter their data and if they don't, then those data aren't available.  It's the same basis as GBIF or any other database except surveys like a national census or labor statistics.  No one is paid to collect these data from the taxosphere and if the community doesn't want to create a knowledge commons then it will reap the consequences.
We are still importing the staff member records from Index Herbariorum, the only database of the three that collected data on individuals.  About a thousand records have not yet been imported and address data didn't make the transfer.  Both problems will be addressed and we will also look at the problem of duplicate records.
From:Stephen Thorpe [mailto:stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz] 
Sent: Friday, October 25, 2013 7:17 PM
To: Schindel, David; taxacom taxacom
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Global Registry of Biological Repositories is now online
Nice idea, but bad execution (so far)!
According to the site, Landcare Research only has the following staff: 
Last Name  First Name  Primary Institution  Primary Collection  Country  Action  
Buchanan  Peter  Landcare Research    Update  
Buchanan  P.  Landcare Research   New Zealand  Update  
Johnston  P.  Landcare Research   New Zealand  Update  
McKenzie  Eric  Landcare Research   New Zealand  Update  
These are three mycologists (one of them duplicated). Where are all the botanists and entomologists??
From:"Schindel, David" <schindeld at si.edu>
To: taxacom taxacom <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> 
Sent: Saturday, 26 October 2013 3:27 AM
Subject: [Taxacom] Global Registry of Biological Repositories is now online

Dear Colleagues,

The new Global Registry of Biological Repositories (GRBio) is now live and online at www.grbio.org, offering the community a single, integrated and comprehensive information resource on taxonomic collections. GRBio is a merger of Index Herbariorum (IH), Biodiversity Collections Index (BCI) and biorepositories.org and contains more than 14,000 records for biorepository institutions, their collections, and staff members.  All the data, web services and capabilities that were offered by these three database portals have been incorporated into GRBio.  The Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL) has developed and will manage GRBio in collaboration with IH and BCI and in consultation with GBIF and NCBI.

GRBio will operate as a moderated community-curated resource.  IH, BCI and biorepositories.org invite the community to visit www.grbio.org to check and update their records and to register institutions, collections and staff members that have not already been registered.  GRBio offers registration of institutional collections, 'personal' research collections that have not yet been accessioned into an institutional repository, and privately owned collections.  New or updated records will go into a moderator's queue for review before being published to the public registry.  Submitters will receive email notifications when their data are received and published after review.

There are more than 7,000 institutions registered in GRBio and all but 280 have a globally unique InstitutionID (a Darwin Core term).  These institutions are using approximately 130 InstIDs that are ambiguous because they are used by more than one institution. 
 These institutional records are posted at http://goo.gl/Uanjjd,sorted by InstID and country. If you work at one of these institutions, please update the institutional record in GRBio.  If you information about any of these institutions, please leave your comments at this site or contact GRBio through http://grbio.org/content/contact-us.

IH is managed by Barbara Thiers at the New York Botanical Garden and remains online at http://sciweb.nybg.org/science2/IndexHerbariorum.asp.New IH data entered through GRBio will be transferred to IH and vice versa.  BCI was developed by Roger Hyam and hosted by Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and is now closed.  Biorepositories.org was developed and managed by CBOL and is also now closed.  

We welcome your participation in GRBio and your feedback on the registry.

Best regards,


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