Capacity enhancement mentoring

By volunteering their knowledge and expertise, GBIF mentors help others within the community achieve their goals

Mentors
Volunteer mentors from INBio Costa Rica and GBIF Spain mentor BID Africa 2015 project participants. (From left to right) Maria Auxiliadora Mora, Sara Raquel Figueira Fernandes, Gladys Odey Schwinger, Gilbert Muvunankiko and Katia Cezón García. Photo by Mélianie Raymond.

Mentors are a pillar of the GBIF community. By sharing their expertise within the community, GBIF mentors help others reach project goals, establish effective Participant nodes, and mobilize, manage and use biodiversity data for use in research and policy.

The GBIF Secretariat maintains an open call to add to the group of volunteer mentors that assist with various needs for capacity support, including:

  • Supporting onsite training workshops
  • Serving as trainers for workshops
  • Providing guidance to members of our network in project application writing
  • Reviewing project proposals for various programmes
  • Assisting project teams with the implementation of their project work
  • Providing data hosting and data publishing support
  • Guiding new node managers in establishing Participant nodes

Areas of expertise

Mentors have experience in several of the following areas:

  • Biodiversity Informatics Support Disciplines
  • Basic Concepts On Biodiversity Informatics
  • Biodiversity Data Capture
  • Biodiversity Data Management
  • Biodiversity Data Publishing
  • Biodiversity Data Analysis And Use
  • Biodiversity Information Facility (BIF) Building, Informatics
  • Biodiversity Information Facility (BIF) Building, Networking

Benefits and recognition

The mentoring experience is an opportunity to have a direct impact on strengthening capacity in our network. It is also an opportunity for personal development through learning new skills or strengthening existing ones, engaging other biodiversity informatics experts, and collaborating with colleagues around the world. There are potential opportunities to travel to make targeted mentoring visits, represent GBIF at relevant meetings and/or participate in both remote and face-to-face trainings.

Acknowledgement of contributions are made in the resources produced by the GBIF Secretariat and on the GBIF websites as appropriate.

GBIF uses digital badges to certify skills obtained through training and to provide accreditation and recognition to mentors. There are four badges available for mentors:

Volunteer Mentor: This badge is assigned to those who have volunteered to be part of the pool of mentors available to provide support to the GBIF funded projects and who have completed the webinar.
Project Mentor: This badge is awarded to those who have been assigned to mentor one or more GBIF funded projects, and have provided substantial remote or on-site support to their implementation.
Certified Trainer: This badge is awarded to those who have contributed to the development and delivery of capacity enhancement workshops.
Badge in design Node Manager Mentor: This badge is awarded to those who have been assigned to mentor new node managers.

Become a GBIF mentor

  1. Volunteer
  2. Participate in a mentor webinar offered on a periodic basis
  3. Join the GBIF Community Forum and participate in the discussions with other mentors and project teams on the community forum
  4. Answer occasional calls to mentors to participate in capacity support activities, as direct project mentors and/or onsite workshop mentors and trainers.

Volunteer Mentors

Name Country Areas of expertise Project Mentor Trainer Node Mentor
AFRICA
A. Raoufou Pierre Radji Togo Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (informatics & networking). Node Manager.
Ababo Stephen Uganda BIF building (networking).
Aimé Kazika Kamosi Congo, Democratic Republic of the BIF building (networking).
Akomolafe Gbenga Festus Nigeria Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, publishing, data analysis and use.
Alex Asase Ghana Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (networking). Node Manager. X
Andriamandimbisoa Razafimpahanana Madagascar Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (networking).
Andry Jean Marc Rakotomanjaka Madagascar Data management, publishing, data analysis and use. X
Bakwo Fils Eric Moise Cameroon Data management, data analysis and use.
Faustin Gashakamba Rwanda Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing. BIF building (informatics). Node Manager.
Fhatani Ranwashe South Africa Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data management, publishing, data analysis and use. X
Gabriel Salako Nigeria Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management.
Innocent Akampurira Uganda Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (informatics & networking). Node Manager.
IPOU IPOU JOSEPH Côte d’Ivoire Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use.
Jean Cossi Ganglo Benin Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (informatics & networking). Node Manager. X
Kudzai Mafuwe Zimbabwe Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. X
Lizanne Roxburgh South Africa Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. Node Manager. X
Matthew Child South Africa Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data analysis and use. BIF building (networking). X
Rukaya Johaadien South Africa Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (informatics). X
Tsiky Rabetrano Madagascar Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use.
ASIA
Gautam Talukdar India Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (networking).
EUROPE
Aaike De Wever Belgium Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing.
Abraham (Han) de Koeijer Belgium Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (networking).
Anders Telenius Sweden Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (informatics & networking). Node Manager. X
André Heughebaert Belgium Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data management, publishing. BIF building (networking). Node Manager. X
Anne-Sophie Archambeau France Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (networking). Node Manager. X
Dag Endresen Norway Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (informatics & networking). Node Manager. X
Dimitri Brosens Belgium Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (networking). X
Fabien Caviere France Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data management, publishing. BIF building (informatics).
Katia Cezón García Spain Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. X
Kevin Holston Sweden Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, data analysis and use. X
Larissa Smirnova Belgium Data capture, management, publishing.
Lien Reyserhove Belgium Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (networking). X
Marco Schmidt Germany Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, data analysis and use.
Marie-Elise Lecoq France Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data management, publishing. BIF building (informatics). X X
Nicolas Noé Belgium Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data management, and publishing. BIF building (informatics). X X
Patricia Mergen Belgium Data management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (networking). X
Piotr Tykarski Poland Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (informatics & networking). Node Manager. X
Quentin Groom Belgium Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use.
Rui Figueira Portugal Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (informatics & networking). Node Manager. X
Sophie Pamerlon France Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, and publishing. X X
LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN
Anabela Plos Argentina Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing. BIF building (networking). Node Manager. X
Daniel Amariles Colombia Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data management, publishing. BIF building (informatics). X
Danielle Lewis-Clarke Trinidad and Tobago Basics of biodiversity informatics.
Danny Vélez Colombia Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data management, publishing. BIF building (networking).
Dorlan Ainsley Burrell Jamaica Basics of biodiversity informatics.BIF building (networking).
Hyacinth Douglas Jamaica Data capture, management. BIF building (networking).
John Wieczorek Argentina Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (informatics & networking). X X
Manuel Vargas Costa Rica Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (informatics & networking). X
María Auxiliadora Mora Costa Rica Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing… BIF building (informatics & networking). X
Nestor Beltran Colombia Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. X X
Paula Zermoglio Argentina Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. X
NORTH AMERICA
David Bloom United States Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (networking). Node Manager. X
Kate Ingenloff United States Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data analysis and use. X X
Nelson Rios United States Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. BIF building (informatics & networking). X
Rob Guralnick United States Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, publishing, data analysis and use. X
Sharon Grant United States Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data management, publishing, data analysis and use. X X
OCEANIA
Shelley James Australia Basics of biodiversity informatics. Data capture, management, data analysis and use.