To highlight their publishers and their data, the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) have created an internationally-renowned and powerful adjustable platform. Since 2014, it has been installed, configured and used by multiple nodes and institutions. The Living Atlases community, created by the users of this toolset, has increased over the years. The number of atlases based on the platform (13 as of March 2018) proves the positive impact of past workshops.
As participants have become more skilled, however, the number of goals to achieve and elements to improve have increased. For instance, there is an expressed need to work on end-user training and supporting documentation. Indeed, there is a demand to fill the gap of missing tutorials or exercises concentrated on the full exploitation of these data portals not only to assist participants at a national level, but also the global GBIF community which will help to increase the capacity to analyze GBIF-mediated data.
This project will thus organize a workshop around the ALA geolocation modules, including the spatial portal and the “Explore region” tool, but also on analysis elements such as ALA4R.
GBIF France will host this 1-week event at the Museum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN) in Paris, inviting participants from 15 GBIF nodes in Africa, North and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. A key focus will be on improving the link between GBIF and the national atlases by adding citations, licenses and DOIs. In addition, the workshop will provide opportunities to present some use cases illustrating how institutions could share some technical challenges or impediments (hosting, technical staff, etc.).
A second outcome of the project will be to work on improving the documentation for the end-users. Exercises on how to use these atlases will be produced as well as videos (see below) promoting their use. All these resources will be developed in English and translated into French, Spanish and Portuguese.