Plazi, a Bern-based non-profit organization that supports and promotes linked open-access biodiversity data from digital taxonomic literature, has formally joined the GBIF network as a non-country Participant.
The GBIF Secretariat is now accepting proposals for funding under the 2015 Capacity Enhancement Programme, which provides GBIF Participants with co-funding for collaborative, capacity transfer projects.
The GBIF Secretariat invites proposals from graduate students for the 2015 Young Researchers Award. This prize intends to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by graduate students.
The GBIF Secretariat has launched the inaugural GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge, hoping to inspire innovative applications of open-access biodiversity data by scientists, informaticians, data modelers, cartographers and other experts.
GBIF Spain has launched a new national biodiversity data portal that provides free access to more than 10 million biodiversity records from 69 Spanish institutions and projects as well as nearly another million records of biodiversity in Spain published by institutions abroad.
With the forthcoming release of a new resource library on GBIF.org, the GBIF Secretariat plans to retire its former websites and associated web services, which are presently located at http://data.gbif.org and http://www-old.gbif.org. On 31 January 2015, links to these resources will be redirected to GBIF.org, which launched in October 2013.