Data publishing seminar in Bergen

The GBIF node and the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Center (NBIC, Artsdatabanken) will organize a biodiversity informatics seminar at the University of Bergen about data publication and use on 14th December 2016.

Bryggen i Bergen, CC-BY Dag Endresen



  • The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)   
  • Publishing standardized biodiversity data using Darwin Core
  • Ecological Metadata Language (EML)
  • Writing a data paper to gain scholarly credits for data publication
  • Citation of biodiversity data, GBIF dataset DOI and download DOI mechanism
  • Accessing, downloading and analysis and GBIF-mediated data


Biodiversity informatics seminar, 09:00 to 16:00 on 14th December 2016.

Venue: "Lille auditorium" at Høyteknologisenteret, Marieholmen, Thormøhlensgate 55, NO-5006 Bergen

Contact person at UiB BIO: John-Arvid Grytnes

Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group (UiB BIO EECRG)

Contact at:


09:00 Welcome and information about the seminar (10 min, John-Arvid Grytnes)

09:15 Role of GBIF in Norwegian and international publication of biodiversity data (25 min, Dag Endresen,

09:40 National data flow in Norway – roles, responsibilities and users (20 min, Nils Valland, Artsdatabanken)

10:00 Motivation, and how to publish open biodiversity data (45 min, Dag Endresen,

  • Dataset metadata, data paper, long-term data archiving, and data management plan.
  • New incentives open public data; new guidelines and requirements for open data from EU-funded research projects, INSPIRE, Horizon 2020.
  • New mechanisms provide academic credits for publishing research data; data paper and dataset DOI.

10:45 How to publish standardized biodiversity data from Norwegian Institutes (45 min, Dag Endresen,

  • Darwin Core data standard and the Darwin Core archive format.
  • Data publishing landscape, publishing software.
  • Introduction to the GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT).
  • GBIF data portal and web-services for access to biodiversity data (REST, JSON, R).

11:30 Lunch (catering, sandwiches)

12:30 Open data licensing; the data licenses supported in GBIF are CC0, CC-BY, CC-BY-NC (15 min, Wouter Koch, Artsdatabanken)

12:45 Presentations of some studies and examples for relevant datasets developed and maintained at UiB BIO (60 min)

  • Survey-based field data on bumble bees and hoverflies/syrphid flies (“blomsterfluer”) (John-Arvid Grytnes, UiO BIO)
  • Using GBIF-data and communit data to study climate responses and building species distribution models (Vigdis Vandvik, UiO BIO)
  • Mosses and lichens along Atlantic rivers (Arnold Håland, NNI)
  • Etc., you are invited to suggest your own presentation here.

14:00 Questions and discussion (30 min)

  • Development of an action plan for data preparation, quality control and publication from UiB BIO and other participants to the seminar.

14:30 Coffee break

14:45 Demo: Data publishing using the IPT software (30 min, Christian Svindseth,

15:30 Hand-on demo, biodiversity data publishing (30 min, Christian Svindseth,


16:00 Wrap-up, end of day








32 participants



  • John-Arvid Grytnes, UiB Biology
  • Dag Endresen, UiO
  • Christian Svindseth, UiO
  • Nils Valland, Artsdatabanken
  • Wouter Koch, Artsdatabanken
  • Vigdis Vandvik, UiB Biology


See also some of the previous and similar events:

The Department of Biology at the University of Bergen is registered in GBIF at:

The University Museum in Bergen is registered in GBIF at:

Tags: GBIF, Darwin Core
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