How to prepare your data for publication, and what to do with open data [Vancouver Workshop]

Where: Michael Smith Labs (MSL), room 101, University of British Columbia When: 7-9 November 2018 Who: Carole Sinou (Canadensys), Jeannette Whitton and Wayne Maddisson (UBC), Deborah Paul (iDigBio) Preparing a dataset in order to publish on an aggregator like Canadensys or GBIF can be quite fastidious, but data cleaning and standardisation are the key points […]

How to prepare your data for publication, and what to do with open data [Wolfville Workshop]

Where: Acadia Room, K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia When: 15-17 october 2018 Who: Carole Sinou (Canadensys), Alain Beliveau and Allison Walker (E.C. Smith Herbarium, Acadia University), Mary Kennedy (OBIS Canada) Preparing a dataset in order to publish on an aggregator like Canadensys or GBIF can be quite fastidious, but data […]

Developing Biodiversity Informatics in Haiti : towards a better knowledge of the biological richness of the country

The project, funded by a BID small grant, was organized in partnership with the Cayes Botanic Garden, Canadensys and GBIF. A workshop took place from the 20th to 23rd of September at the Cayes Botanical Garden, and participants from all over the country were presents, including representatives of the National Botanic Garden, the Ouanaminthe Botanic […]

Workshop: introduction to the publication of biodiversity data

In partnership with the ABQ, Canadensys offered two workshops in May, for the professionals and organizations interested in publishing their data on Canadensys and GBIF. This one day workshop has been divided in two parts. Association des Biologistes du Québec (ABQ) The Association des Biologistes du Québec (ABQ) is an association of more than 800 […]

Getting students involved in biodiversity informatics

This is a guest post by Jana Vamosi, the Director of the University of Calgary Herbarium. The University of Calgary got involved in Canadensys this year (see also the IPT resource webpage), through a project designed for students to learn about species distribution modeling. We wanted students to understand all components of species distribution modeling, […]

Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT) v 2.3.2, DOI assignment, and Dataset Licensing

The Canadensys team recently updated our Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT), our data repository software developed by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) to version 2.3.2, the latest and greatest released version. We are proud to have participated in the development of this new version, especially in the assignment of DOIs to datasets. This was an […]

A New Simple Extension for Multimedia files

Canadensys Now Displays Content Using the New Simple Multimedia Extension Last spring, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) published a new Simple Multimedia extension to Darwin Core. Starting with images, the Canadensys IPT now offers an optional Simple Multimedia extension to display media (images) metadata associated with occurrence data and checklists. Instead of the « […]

Leafcutter bee new to science with specimen data on Canadensys

Dr. Cory Sheffield, Research Scientist & Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina, SK had a paper published April 3, 2013 in the journal ZooKeys in which he named and described Megachile chomskyi. This new species of leafcutter bee is approximately 13mm long, has a relatively long tongue, white pubescence and […]

Link Love: DOIs for Darwin Core Archives

Canadensys now assigns digital object identifiers (DOIs) to the Darwin Core Archives (DwC-A) it hosts and serves via its Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT) repository of checklist and occurrence data. For example, the DOI for the Royal Ontario Museum’s Green Plant Herbarium (TRT) is doi:10.5886/g7j6gct1 and that for the University of Montréal Biodiversity Centre’s Marie-Victorin Herbarium […]

Launch of the Canadensys explorer

This post is also available in French. We are very pleased to announce the beta version of the Canadensys explorer. The tool allows you to explore, filter, visualize and download all the specimen records published through the Canadensys network. The explorer currently aggregates nine published collections, comprising over half a million specimen records, with many […]

New terms in Darwin Core

For the first time since its ratification in October 2009, Darwin Core has been revised! But don’t panic: it’s probably not going to affect your data publication. Darwin Core is a community standard, so anyone can submit ideas, suggestions or corrections via the Darwin Core issue tracker (guidelines to do so can be found here). […]

VASCAN functionalities

This post is also available in French. Our Database of a vascular plants of Canada (VASCAN) is a bit over a year old now (launched on October 22, 2010) and the response has been great so far! The site is averaging 1,850 visits / 20,500 page views a month from over a 100 countries, and […]

Counting all specimens at the Marie-Victorin Herbarium

Last summer, 36 volunteers inventoried all of the 22,000+ vascular plant specimen folders of our Marie-Victorin Herbarium (MT), in preparation of its move to the Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre. I gave a talk about the process, results and potential two weeks ago at the TDWG 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans: You can read […]

Opening a Darwin Core Archive with Excel

One of the editors of VASCAN asked me for an Excel file with all the vernacular names in our database, so she could check them for typos. As the database administrator, I could have exported the names from our MySQL database, but I chose to approach the request from a user’s perspective instead. All VASCAN […]