Data publication projects 2016

A total of 9 project applications receive co-funding from the GBIF node for data publishing based on the April 2016 project call.

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A total of 9 project applications will receive co-funding from the GBIF node for data publishing. The co-funding grant was coordinated and evaluated together with the call managed from the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre (NBIC) ( NBIC granted a total of 1 million NOK co-funding for 13 data mobilization projects. In total 22 project applications were granted co-funding.

The following project applications were funded:

The UiB University Museum in Bergen will publish 7500 herbarium specimens of hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae - no: blomsterfluer) including approximately 15% of the UiB collection on hoverflies and 40% of the remaining (18 450) un-digitised specimens in this collection. The University Museum in Bergen currently publishes more than 400 000 occurrence records in GBIF from a total of 9 museum collections. GBIF institute key:

Biolog J.B. Jordal AS will digitise field notes books and publish approximately 10 000 species observation data records on vascular plants and fungi from Møre and Romsdal in the time-period 1990 to 2005. Jordal AS publishes currently almost 112 000 species observation records in GBIF, GBIF dataset key:

Multiconsult AS will prepare and publish approximately 370 observation records for invasive (black-listed) species and approximately 20 observation records for threatened red-listed species from train stations on the railroad line between Bergen and Oslo.

NTNU Science Museum will georeference and publish occurrence data from three different specimen collections: (1) approximately 28 000 maritime invertebrate specimens of approximately 1550 species to complete georeferencing and publication for the remaining un-digitised specimens from this collection. (2) approximately 18 000 vertebrate specimens of approximately 496 species. (3) approximately 20 000 terrestrial and limnic specimens of approximately 1310 species to complete georeferencing and publication for the remaining un-digitised specimens from this collection. GBIF institute key:

University of Oslo, Department of Geosciences will publish approximately 1200 species occurrence data for Foraminiferida (no: poredyr) from the benthic ecological zone of approximately 50 locations within the western Norwegian fjords (including Hardangerfjorden, Lysefjorden, Lurefjorden, and Masfjorden).

BioFokus will register and publish approximately 800 to 1000 specimens of butterflies. BioFokus publishes currently more than 355 000 occurrence records in GBIF. GBIF dataset key:

Nordre Øyern fuglestasjon (bird watching field station) will prepare and publish more than 35 000 bird observation records from the time-period 1995 to 2015, including many threatened (red-listed) bird species.


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All datasets must be made freely available using an open data license such as CC0 or CC-BY in a format that can be mapped to Darwin Core. The GBIF node provides a spreadsheet template that can be used ( however the GBIF node recommends data publication using the Norwegian University Museum database, MUSIT, the Norwegian Species Reporting System (, data publication using an institutional Integrated data Publishing Toolkit (GBIF IPT, or similar. The Norwegian GBIF helpdesk will provide support for the data publication into the GBIF portal and for the Norwegian Species Map Service ( The institutions are themselves responsible for long-term data archiving and the GBIF node recommends using the Norwegian research data archive platform ( hosted by Uninett Sigma2 or similar platforms such as EUDAT B2SHARE. Descriptive dataset metadata must be prepared using a standard format such as Ecological Metadata Language (EML) and/or Dublin Core including preferred data citation(s), provenance and the roles of people contributing to the field collection of data, collection curation and data management. The GBIF node recommends all data publishing institutions to write and publish a peer-review "data paper" in a data paper journal such as the Pensoft Biodiversity Data Journal (ISSN: 1314-2828,

At the end of the agreed project period, a brief project report must be sent to the GBIF node together with a list of data records published. The GBIF node strongly recommends using globally unique and persistent identifiers (such as e.g. Universal Unique Identifier keys UUID, or Digital Object Identifiers DOI) to identify individual occurrences (physical collection specimens or the species observations) or collecting/observation events. The GBIF node will provide a resolver service for all occurrenceID and eventID keys that are following the UUID standard and included in datasets published in GBIF from the Norwegian data publishing institutions.


Tags: GBIF, data publishing By Dag Endresen, GBIF Norway
Published June 2, 2016 2:31 PM - Last modified Dec. 3, 2020 1:14 PM