Building on the previous BID project, ‘Strengthening the network of biodiversity data stakeholders in Togo’ and the formation of a committee for monitoring the activities of the node, this new project aims to increase the online presence of GBIF Togo. Designing a dedicated, dynamic online site, devoted to biodiversity and news from Togo, will form the base of this project.
A joint outreach session and technical training for national data users will support new publishers with a focus on Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) tools and encourage more data papers using the Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT). This collaboration will enable GBIF France to share its experiences and provide guidance on data publishing and IT topics with GBIF Togo.
Furthermore, this project will enable GBIF Togo to join the ALA community and to benefit from advice, technical workshops and experience coming out from this international network.
As part of the first phase to provide a dedicated and dynamic online site, the documentation prepared and compiled for the website was defended in September 2018 as part of a Master’s graduation.
The GBIF Togo website was then launched in February 2019, during the joint outreach session and technical training for national data users, together with the GBIF Togo Portal, which opens access to primary biodiversity data provided by Togolese institutions.
With the project period complete, the project team will continue to raise the awareness with policy-makers on data mobilization and use, and encourage data holding institutions to join, and thus strengthen the national network, and publish data. Additional data papers are also expected to be published.