Introduction to the API, rgbif and pygbif

practical session 3
Illustration of Chilomycterus orbicularis (Bloch, 1785) from Venoms; venomous animals and antivenomous serum-therapeutics, London, J. Bale, sons & Danielsson, 1908. Digitization sponsored by Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library. Available via the Internet Archive Book Images.

The GBIF API (Application Programming Interface) provides users with the ability to perform more complex data filtering than what is available on the website.

This session presented an overview of the GBIF API and accompanying documentation and an introduction to key R and Python packages and their associated functions to access to the GBIF mediated data via the API.

The session covered the following elements:

  • Introduction to the GBIF API
  • Introduction to rgbif
  • Introduction to pygbif

Hosts from the GBIF Secretariat