A young and emerging GBIF node, The Nigerian Biodiversity Information Facility (NgBIF) is being established to enable greater access and use of biological collections. Currently lacking adequate information, technology, experience and best practices in the biodiversity information facility’s activities, there are still hurdles to overcome to support national data holders in managing their data, promoting incentives for data publishing and ensure a smooth-running GBIF node.
This project supports an opportunity for guidance and knowledge exchange from GBIF Benin and GBIF France. Through close-mentoring offered by established nodes, the project team will identify and address national partner requirements in Nigeria. Tailored guidance will provide NgBIF with training on governance issues, data publishing processes in the international GBIF platform, and incentives to publishers.
The mentoring process will evaluate contents to be addressed during meetings, the focus and themes, as well as other logistical matters. Locally, the project is working with partners from South West, South East and North Central areas to support the user community, while seeking to expand to the wider region of the North West of the country.
The project has advanced well with the organization of two successful events. Firstly, a mentoring workshop “Workshop on GBIF Node Management, Biodiversity data analysis, and Data uses to support Decision making on Biodiversity Conservation” was held in Benin, December 2018 whereby node staff and key holders attended, including five mentees from Nigeria (Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), University of Calabar and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria). Secondly, a follow-on training workshop “Biodiversity data Management and Usage” organized by the Nigerian Node, held in Ibadan, Nigeria in January 2019, whereby over 50 participants attended and were taught all relevant elements learnt during the Benin workshop and also about data mobilzation and publishing on GBIF.
Interactions among NgBIF and GBIF Benin/France will continue through the project to aid the knowledge transfer through training/mentoring activities with the objective of acquiring the best practices in the running of biodiversity information facility’s activities and management of national biodiversity data. In this regard a second “Biodiversity data Management and Usage” workshop is planned for early 2019 in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.