Major increase in Brazilian plant and fungus data shared through GBIF

The volume of data covering Brazil’s rich variety of flora and fungi has seen a massive boost in recent weeks as datasets from around 100 of the country’s herbaria, totalling some three million occurrence records, have begun flowing through GBIF.org

The volume of data covering Brazil’s rich variety of flora and fungi has seen a massive boost in recent weeks as datasets from around 100 of the country’s herbaria have begun flowing through GBIF.org.

The development results from a collaboration between the Brazilian-based _species_Link network, the National Institute of Science and Technology Virtual Herbarium of Flora and Fungi (INCT-HVFF), Brazil’s national node SiB-Br, and the GBIF Secretariat informatics team.

The incorporation of data from herbarium collections across the country has more than tripled the total number of species occurrence records published through GBIF from Brazilian institutions, currently standing at over four million records.

The INCT-Virtual Herbarium has been developed since 2009 as one of Brazil’s National Institutes for Science and Technology, funded jointly by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). The project is also supported by the CAPES Foundation of the Ministry of Education.

The Virtual Herbarium uses the _species_Link platform operated by a non-governmental institution, the Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental (CRIA). Initially bringing together 25 herbaria from Brazilian research institutions, the network now incorporates 100 herbaria serving over 5.3 million records online including 13 datasets from international herbaria repatriating data collected in Brazil.

From an installation of the GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit CRIA is hosting 112 datasets from herbaria across Brazil, in total amounting to over three million records that have been coming online in GBIF.org since May, as the individual contributing institutions register separately as GBIF data publishers. This process enables each of the herbaria to gain full visibility for GBIF.org users, with rich metadata describing the collections and a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) assigned to every dataset to enable proper citation when data are used in research.

These datasets include important collections from different regions of Brazil, for example:

This major addition to biodiversity data shared through GBIF from Brazil is expected to be followed in coming months by significant volumes of additional data from digitization projects supported by SiB-Br, including:

Photo: The pink star of the Cerrado trees - Tulip Wood - Physocalymma scaberrimum. Photo by Christoph Diewald. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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