Biodiversity georeferencing training workshop by SABIF

Georeferencing is the process of recording the ‘where’ of primary biodiversity data. This is valuable information because it gives geographical context to digitized specimens; offers insight into the range and occurring locations of a given species; aids collectors in the field in locating relevant specimens and facilitates the application of many useful tools, from species dot maps to full GIS analysis.
This course will be presented by Burgert Muller (KwaZulu-Natal Museum), Connal Eardley (Agricultural Research Council), Sherwyn Mack (South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity) and Pieter Winter (SANBI).


Participants are expected to have experience in georeferencing and digitizing primary biodiversity data and they should be in a position to contribute to the growth of automated geo-referencing in South Africa / Africa. Interested candidates are requested to complete the application form.
The requirements are: (1) Undergraduate degree completed in natural or earth science such as biology, botany, zoology, forestry, geography, or a related field of biodiversity informatics or Geographic Information Systems (GIS), (2) Good knowledge and experience in working with biodiversity data and distribution records.
An effort will be made to ensure there is a racial, gender and national institutional representation among the participants, although it is hoped that most participants will be from KZN.

Contact information 

Please contact the South African Biodiversity Information Facility (Paula Hathorn, p.hathorn AT sanbi.org.za) if you have any questions about this event. Deadline for submissions is the 12 October 2012.

  • Muller, Burgert (Speaker / Trainer)
  • Eardley, Connal (Speaker / Trainer)
  • Mack, Shelwyn (Speaker / Trainer)
  • Winter, Pieter (Speaker / Trainer)
  • Hathorn, Paula (Main contact)