An extensive amount of biodiversity data exists in Russia collected by naturalists and scientists but is often scattered, inconsistent and thereby inaccessible to researchers within the country and beyond. This biodiversity information project in European Russia aims to increase the number of publishers and mobilize new national biodiversity data through GBIF.org. These efforts will contribute to the creation of a Russian GBIF node which will have greater capacity to publish and process biodiversity data.
Through the project implementation, a three-day data publishing workshop will be held at the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology in Moscow and will introduce new publishers to GBIF and data standardization practices. Publishers previously involved with GBIF activities in Russia will also be targeted to support the mobilization of data from several taxonomic groups covering vascular plants, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Around 10,000 occurrences will be processed and converted to a Darwin Core Archive and published through GBIF.org. In total, 105,000 occurrences will be published from 28 new data publishers and institutions spanning multiple regions and state nature reserves in European Russia.
Since the project inception, a data-publishing workshop was held with 22 participants chosen from Russian institutions to start the collective digitisation of biodiversity data. Those in attendance received intensive on-site training comprising of an introduction to global biodiversity data, the role of GBIF, institutional scale management of digitisation projects, data standardisation and publishing through the IPT. This included a practical explanation, demonstrations and activities guiding participants through the process of digitisation of a wet collection. The workshop generated 10 new Russian publishers registered with GBIF making a sizeable contribution to the total number of publishers in the country.