GBIF Spreadsheet Templates, User Guide

A brief user guide to using GBIF spreadsheet templates to publish basic biodiversity data and resource metadata.


GBIF provides a set of pre-configured Microsoft Excel spreadsheet files that serve as
templates for capturing metadata, occurrence data, and simple species checklists. The
spreadsheets are linked to an online processing system that validates the uploaded (or
emailed) spreadsheet file and then transforms the data to a Darwin Core Archive and
returns this to the user.


GBIF (2010). GBIF Spreadsheet Templates User Guide, version 1.0,
released on 1 April 2011, (contributed by Remsen D.P., Döring, M, Robertson, T.), Copenhagen: Global Biodiversity Information Facility,20 pp,.


Remsen D.P., Döring, M, Robertson, T.


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