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GBIF Spreadsheet Templates, User Guide


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


Remsen D.P., Döring, M, Robertson, T.


GBIF Secretariat, Monday, April 11, 2011

Target audience

Biologists and data administrators


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.

Bibliographic citation

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,.


This document is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

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GBIF Secretariat