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GFBio online survey active until 30 September 2017

“Users' Perspective on Research Data Management in Biological and Environmental Sciences” – participate NOW in our survey!


Dear fellow researcher,


At GFBio, we are continuously working to optimize our services and to improve our data management support. We strive to meet the needs of both researchers and funding agencies, concerning reproducible and reusable data.

Luckily, we are not alone in this endeavour, we have you!

We have counted, in the past, with your comments, remarks, observations, advices, and criticism to develop and to expand our project. We are counting on you again.

We want to learn more about your necessities, requirements and existing routines regarding the handling of research data. Only with your feedback, will we be able to adapt our services accordingly.


Please, fill in our SURVEY “Users' Perspective on Research Data Management in Biological and Environmental Sciences”. Your opinion is vital to us.

**The survey takes about 20 minutes**


Thank you very much for your time and your willingness to help us!


Yours truly,

GFBio team


New GFBio web features!

The GFBio portal has additional services. The latest version is available since May 11 and includes exciting features such as an additional generic data submission workflow, an updated molecular data submission, a refreshed VAT system, and the upcoming semantic search tool. Check it out!

Data submission

The Generic data submission is now available! The submission interface for molecular data was significantly improved. It is now even easier to start a submission by providing detailed metadata using a structured template and a URL for data files, instead of uploading them individually.

The submission of data to a public repository is facilitated by the Data Center Recommendation Tool (DCRT). The DCRT was designed to help the users to select the GFBio data center that fits their data best. As research data can be heterogeneous, the DCRT is valuable in assisting the first step of data submission.


Biodiversity data easily explored online with GFBio VAT system

The Visualisation, Analysis and Transformation (VAT) system allows the examination of heterogeneous, spatio-temporal biodiversity data in a comfortable online GIS environment. Responsive visualization techniques and the integration of data sources with environmental variables, make it a powerful tool for biological and environmental research. Further features include quality control procedures within the portal, upload of user data and the transformation of data to fit individual requirements. The workflow is visualized and results can be exported.


Semantic Search is now possible as upcoming tool

The beta version of the Semantic Search functionality is now available at the GFBio portal. This tool provides more flexibility when searching for a specific set of data, as  the query is expanded to find relevant results not included by the syntactic search. Like this, the semantic search    broadens the results and returns more datasets. For a better understanding of what Semantic Search is and why it is important, GFBio produced a short film, which you can visualize and enjoy here.


Have fun exploring our portal!

16th International Semantic Web Conference 2017

ISWC 2017 Vienna, Austria, October 21-25

Each year, the International Semantic Web Conference gives stage to fundamental research, innovative technology, and applications concerning semantics, data, and the Web. The ISWC 2017 (Vienna, October 21-25) will focus on semantic technologies and promises to join researchers, practitioners and industry specialists in different workshops, talks, technical sessions, and poster&Demo sessions.

Several calls are out and deadlines are fixed. Check the website for more information about this thrilling event.

GFBio Naouel Karam will be co-chairing the 2nd International Workshop on Semantics for Biodiversity S4BioDiv, co-located with the ISWC 2017. Naoul kindly invites you to attend the workshop and is looking forward to welcome you in Vienna! The deadline for submitting an abstract to S4BioDiv is July 14, 2017.

It looks like there will be a lot of discussion going on in Vienna!

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