Participation

Member Status

VOTING

GBIF Participant since

2001

GBIF Region

Europe

Head of Delegation

Ana Morgado

Participant Node Manager

Rui Figueira

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History 

In January 2013, the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) appointed IICT to be the host institution of the Portuguese Node of GBIF, which took place between 2013 and 2015. This was a decision based on the recommendation made by the FCT Scientific Council of Biological Sciences and Environment, recognising the strong capacity and infrastructure of IICT in the area of Biodiversity Informatics. In September 2015, due to the IICT extinction by merger with the University of Lisbon, the new hosting institution appointed was the Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA), the School of Agriculture of that university.

Over the last decade IICT has strongly invested in the digitization and free sharing of scientific collections on the Internet. This is the result of a strategy implemented to comply with the compromise assumed by Portugal in the 2003 Rio Summit of Science and Technology ministers of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) to make available, in digital form, the scientific patrimony namely of African CPLP countries.

On the other hand, ISA was the first Portuguese institution to publish a dataset through GBIF, and formerly collaborated with the Portuguese node in the co-organisation of training workshops.

Vision and Mission 

Vision: Free and open sharing of primary biodiversity data enriches knowledge and value of Portuguese and World biodiversity.

Mission: Promote the integration of Portuguese data publishers and resources of biodiversity information on the GBIF network, and the availability of biodiversity data for the scientific research and societal needs.

Structure 

The host institution of the GBIF Portuguese Node is the Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA) of the University of Lisbon. The implementation and practice of the Node adheres to the following principles: independence, neutrality and trust; quality of information; quality and adaptability of service; collaboration and cooperation.

The Node annually reports to the Scientific Council for Natural and Environmental Sciences of the national funding agency for science, technology and innovation (FCT). ISA is a member of the Portuguese e-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity (PORBIOTA). This consortium includes the national agency for the conservation of nature (ICNF) as a member.

National Funding 

The funding sources of the Node are, in a shared costs model, the host institution (Instituto Superior de Agronomia, ISA) and the national agency for science and research in Portugal (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT).

The basic financial contribution of Portugal to GBIF is supported by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT).

Contacts

Ana Morgado
Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical (IICT)Conde da Ribeira 9 Lisboa 1300-142
Portugal(+351) 213616340
Head of Delegation
Dr. Rui Figueira
Instituto Superior de AgronomiaHerbário Tapada da Ajuda Lisboa 1349-017
Portugal+351 213616340
Additional Delegate
Dr. Rui Figueira
Instituto Superior de AgronomiaHerbário Tapada da Ajuda Lisboa 1349-017
Portugal+351 213616340
Node Manager

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