Borneo has an incredibly rich flora and fauna, yet scientific knowledge of species distributions and compositions remains extremely limited, particularly across the island's Indonesian territory (Kalimantan). Access to data is at best limited, remaining unpublished or buried in internal reports and grey literature.
Focused on the biodiversity of Kalimantan, this project led by Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) aims to mobilize about 3,000 records across 41 datasets from ecological monitoring schemes carried out since 1999 at 12 different sites, while also supporting and mentoring other organizations with similar projects to mobilize and publish an equal number of records to GBIF.
The mobilized data will help support conservation efforts in the region, and to increase awareness and discoverability of their published datasets, the team also plans to author data papers describing the records and monitoring protocols in detail.
Project implementation begun with the project being introduced and socialized to all relevant team members within BNF and Universitas Gajah Mada (UGM): introducing the main aim, nature of deliverables for the project and advantages of sharing data on platforms such as GBIF.
In July-August 2020 one project member also completed the GBIF Data Mobilization training workshop and was awarded an Advanced badge.
To support the project a MoU was signed with UGM, the partner institution for the project. The project team also identified and confirmed two new UGM personnel to assist with project data mobilization.
By midterm reporting the project team has published one BNF dataset entitled "Mammals of the Natural Laboratory of Peat-Swamp Forest, Sebangau, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia".
It has also prepared and compiled of a list of 41 other datasets from BNF and associated researchers that can be potentially published on GBIF, which includes identifying potential data gaps and metadata issues for consideration.
While some delays in the timeline for completing and submitting project deliverables by midterm have been experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic disruptions and restrictions, the project team have monitored implementation through regular update meetings and continue to adjust work and activities accordingly.