Capacity enhancement

Sharing expertise, experience and technology around the GBIF community

Training in GBIF

GBIF brings together a growing, vibrant community that works together towards a shared, challenging vision. This dynamic environment requires continuous training and knowledge-sharing among peers to keep up with  developments in biodiversity informatics, and to make the most of existing resources. The Participants and the Secretariat constantly work to provide training opportunities and extensive documentation in different languages.

The thematic scope of this training ranges through the complete data management cycle (from capture and digitization to analysis and use), software use, the building of biodiversity information facilities, the management of knowledge networks and much more.

Training events

GBIF-related events are held all over the world. Please visit our events section to check upcoming opportunities. You can also find out about past events, including links to resources shared at the event, and details about participation. If you are holding a training event you think would be of interest to the GBIF community, where international participation is welcome, let us know.

Training resources

The main source for training resources shared at the global level is our Resources section, which you can access here. You can look for relevant resources by using the search box at the top of the page. If you know of a resource that is not available, and which you think could be of the interest of the GBIF community, send us a message.

See also

Annual training plan

The GBIF annual training plans include the production of diverse resources and the organization of training events both by Participants and the Secretariat. These plans also include key outcomes that help advance the execution of the GBIF Work Programme. These are the main elements planned for 2013:

  • An updated training needs assessment for the network. This continues a process begun in 2010 to ensure that future training plans and resources cover the needs of the GBIF community. Download the report of the survey from the Resources section to the right of this page. 
  • A public database of biodiversity informatics trainers. This was requested by GBIF nodes, and will be a public system enabling anyone to find candidates for collaborations in biodiversity informatics training. Under development.
  • A global nodes training event, associated with the 2013 GBIF Governing Board meeting (GB20). This is focussing on the theme of 'building stronger GBIF nodes.' You can download a booklet prepared for this event from the Resources section to the right. The event is expected to produce a best practice guide, presentations and exercises on promoting data use, based on the experience of GBIF nodes.


Electronic learning or 'eLearning' is the use of information and computer technologies to create learning experiences. It can be presented in very different ways, from simple work aids to complex online courses.

Some eLearning initiatives useful for the GBIF community are shown below. Please contact us if you know of others we should list here.

  • GBIF.ES e-Learning platform by GBIF Spain. GBIF's national node for Spain maintains an eLearning platform with online courses in Spanish, based in recorded lectures and specific exercises. The topics offered include biodiversity data quality, digitization of natural history collections and management of sensitive data.
  • Biodiversity Informatics Training Curriculum by the University of Kansas. Researchers from the University of Kansas, in collaboration with experts all over the world, are recording lectures on biodiversity informatics topics and publishing them online. You can follow their progress through a Facebook group and a YouTube channel. They aim to cover the whole spectrum of biodiversity informatics.
  • eTraining by EUBrazilOpenBio. This international network offers online training on ecological niche modelling and cross-mapping taxonomies.