Biodiversity data mobilization workshop for Sub-Saharan Africa

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4 - 7 December 2017
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Red-winged starling (Onychognathus morio), Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Photo by Terry Rosenmeier via iNaturalist Research-grade Observations, licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.

This workshop, convened by GBIF and hosted by SANBI, the South African National Biodiversity Institute, brought together project participants from BID: Biodiversity Information for Development programme and the African Biodiversity Challenge, funded by the JRS Biodiversity Foundation.

Both programmes sought to increase the amount of biodiversity data available for research. Workshop attendees explored how to mobilize and access species-level biodiversity data relating to priority policy needs and enhance their capacity to help their own teams effectively plan and implement biodiversity data mobilization projects.

The workshop focused on the technical aspects of the data mobilization, particularly as they relate to GBIF standards and the digitization, management and online publishing stages of the data lifecycle. Participants were also presented with the social aspects of these processes.

The workshop consisted of blended learning, starting with online preparatory activities through an e-learning portal followed by on-site training in a classroom with the trainees in Cape Town. The course concluded with online follow-up activities. Trainees who successfully completed all activities received online badges certifying their achievements.

This programme is funded by the European Union.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Cape Town
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South Africa
4 - 7 December 2017