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 […]

Biodiversity Informatics without borders: Uruguay, here we came

This is a guest post by Andrés Carvajales from the Uruguayan Ministry of Environment/Dirección Nacional de Medio Ambiente, one the main investigators of the GBIF Uruguay portal. 2015 has been an exciting year for biodiversity information management in Uruguay. Together with SiB Colombia, SiB Brazil and Canadensys, the Participant Node of GBIF in Uruguay has engaged in […]

Customizing the IPT v 2.0.5

In a much older post Peter Desmet, the first Biodiversity Informatics Manager for Canadensys, described how he adjusted the look & feel of our default installation of GBIF’s Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT), v. 2.0.3. With a few adjustments to some key files such as a stylesheet and a handful of templates, our IPT repository resembled […]

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 […]

Updating a customized IPT

This is a follow-up of the post Customizing the IPT. As mentioned at the very end of my post about customizing the IPT, I face a problem when I want to install a new version of the GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit: installing it will overwrite all my customized files! Luckily Tim Robertson gave me a […]

Customizing the IPT

This post originally appeared on the GBIF Developer Blog. One of my responsibilities as the Biodiversity Informatics Manager for Canadensys is to develop a data portal giving access to all the biodiversity information published by the participants of our network. A huge portion of this task can now be done with the GBIF Integrated Publishing […]