GBIF Estonia seminar: Global and national biodiversity data portals

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16 May 2018
10:00 - 13:00 CEST

This seminar, hosted by the Estonian research infrastructure Natural history archives and information network (NATARC) and the Estonian Academy of Sciences, serves as the conclusion of the 10th GBIF European Nodes meeting in Tallinn.

The launch of the renewed global GBIF portal in 2017 and ongoing active development of national GBIF portals raise many important issues. Are national portals acting as only mirrors for GBIF’s central database, or do they also provide specific and unique data services? If yes, what are these services and data? Will national and global GBIF portals implement the same software in the future? Is it necessary to have a similar design in national and global portals?

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1100 Welcome words Jaak Järv
Secretary General, Estonian Academy of Sciences
Margit Martinson
Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Environment
1110 Services and functions of global biodiversity data portal Kyle Copas
Communications manager, GBIF Secretariat
1130 The role of pan-European research infrastructure DiSSCo Dimitris Koureas
Coordinator, DiSSCo, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
1150 Services and functions of national biodiversity data portals Wouter Addink
Programme manager, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
1210 Ten years of Estonian biodiversity data portal: Practical examples of national level services Urmas Kõljalg
Director, Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens, University of Tartu
1230 Panel discussion Kyle Copas
Dimitris Koureas
Anne-Sophie Archambeau (GBIF France)
Urmas Kõljalg

The panel, moderated by Andre Heughebaert, node manager of Belgian Biodiversity Platform and chair of the GBIF Global Nodes Committee, aims to outline the necessary steps in cooperation and coordination between GBIF and national stakeholders, for better access to and interoperability of biodiversity data.

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16 May 2018 10:00 - 13:00