- Who is producing these charts and why?
- The GBIF Secretariat is producing information on data mobilization trends observed on the GBIF network.
Showing trends on the data mobilized by the GBIF network can help with planning data mobilization efforts,
showing the results of previous investments in digitization or data mobilization, or in highlighting issues
to be targeted to improve the fitness-for-use of the data.
- Are these reports available as a download?
- Not currently, but we plan to add this feature in 2015. If you are interested in being able to download these reports,
please use the feedback button on the side of this page to explain how you would wish to see this feature implemented.
- Can I reproduce these charts in my national reports?
- Yes, however we encourage that they be reviewed before doing so.
- How often will the charts be updated?
- The charts show data trending from the end of 2007 until recent weeks and will be recalculated
periodically; approximately quarterly.
- How can I contribute to this work?
- This project is being developed openly on the GitHub project site.
While some data preparation stages require access to the GBIF index and Hadoop infrastructure, other
stages run using R and can be developed remotely. Please contact us
if you would like to contribute to the work.
- What can I do to improve the completeness of records available through GBIF?
- A complete record is here defined as having species identification, valid coordinates and the full date of
collection or observation. The charts show that some records published to GBIF are incomplete. There can be
different reasons for this, which include deliberately excluding coordinates for sensitive data, or the full
date of collection not being available for some historic collections. However, for many datasets, the completeness
of records could be improved by working with the data publisher concerned. All GBIF Nodes are encouraged to consider
how they can work with the data publishers in their networks to improve the completeness of the records, which will
contribute to making these data fit for a broader range of uses.
- I have suggestions for other interesting charts that I would like to see on GBIF.org. Can I request more charts?
- In future GBIF work programmes, it may be possible to extend this work further to include other interesting trends around data mobilization in GBIF.
Please use the feedback button to provide any additional ideas or comments on the current charts, or consider contributing to the project.
- What would it take for me to produce these charts myself in a different style or language?
- The scripts used for this work are maintained in the GitHub project site.
GBIF can provide the underlying digested data in the form of a collection of CSV files which can be used in various applications
to produce the charts. For those wishing to do far more detailed analysis than GBIF is able to do globally, the processed source
records can be provided for subsets of the data (e.g. all records for Spain). Please note that the Secretariat has limited resources
but will do all they can to support others wishing to further the analysis. Please also note that the volumes of data can be very large -
the data covers approximately 8 Billion records (May 2014)
- How do I provide feedback?
- Please use the feedback button on the side of each page or contact us by mail.