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 […]

Launch of Tools and Services

We’re pleased to launch a new Tools section on our data portal. This first instance contains web forms and programming interfaces that convert geographic coordinates in degrees/minutes/seconds to decimal degrees and to atomize dates into numerical representations of day, month, and year. We welcome any feedback you may have on the speed, accuracy, and presentation […]

Open Data

The Canadensys development team participated in the International Open Data Day 2013 organized by QuébecOuvert on February 23, 2013. This event took place in Montréal, Québec to correspond with the International Open Data Day hackathon. We produced a large text file download of all the occurrence data shared by our participating organizations to help make […]

Why we should publish our data under Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

With the first datasets getting published and more coming soon, the issue comes up under what license we – the Canadensys community and the individual collections – will publish our data. Dealing with the legal stuff can be tedious, which is why we have looked into this issue with the Canadensys Steering Committee & Science […]

VASCAN portal and database are now open source

The Database of Vascular Plants of Canada (VASCAN) web portal and its database are now open source. The code is hosted on our Google Code site and can be used by anyone to create their own checklist portal. By doing so, we hope that the time and effort that went into developing VASCAN can benefit […]

Technology behind the community website

This post replaces an obsolete static page of the Canadensys website, which was last updated on May 28, 2010. The community portal is powered by WordPress, an excellent and easy-to-use open-source Content Management System (CMS) using PHP and MySQL. It allows us to create blog posts, update pages, add translations and edit settings from a […]