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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!

14th Extended Semantic Web Conference 2017

May 28 - June 1, 2017, Portoroz, Slovenia

The Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) is a major venue for discussing the latest scientific results and technology innovations around semantic technologies. The 14th ESWC 2017 is seeking to broaden its focus to also include relevant related research areas in which Web semantics plays an important role.

The registration is open until May 22. Hurry up!

E-Science Days 2017

We were there! E-Science Days 2017: Managing Research Data, Heidelberg, 16 - 17 March 2017

Well, we did it again – and, how couldn’t we? One key note speech, one talk in the panel discussion and one info stand at the exhibition of the E-Science Days 2017… just amazing!

But, what’s the E-Science Days anyway? It’s a conference and a convention dedicated to the fascinating topic of Research Data Management (RDM). The event took place in Heidelberg and involved experts and representatives from several organizations like universities, libraries, data processing centers, data archives, museums, and funding bodies. A recurrent topic was the financial burden of RDM and the ceaseless chase for sustainable funding solutions. The community showed awareness and preocupation towards the troubles involving RDM and is ready to tackle them. Collaboration and sharing of best-practices is the way to go, as is a change of culture in scientific research in order to increase the acceptance of data sharing.

GFBio is definitely on the right track by means of a user-oriented approach, bundling RDM services into one central access point, and close contact to the user community.

Can we already reserve a place for next year’s E-Science days, please?

On the road again!

The GFBio Roadshows are back!

GFBio is reaching out to the long tail of science. Selected researcher projects will be visited in Leipzig 21 March and in Greifswald 22 March. 


CSIRO Symposium 'Linking Environmental Data and Samples'

The symposium "Linking Environmental Data and Samples" will bring together leading researchers in earth and environmental informatics, to establish the current state of the art in environmental science data publication and its use of modern web principles.

Linking Environmental Data and Samples will bring together leading researchers in earth and environmental informatics, to establish the current state of the art in environmental science data publication and its use of modern web principles. The focus is on linking data, with a particular interest in the integration of physical samples with datasets based on these, with a goal of triggering the adoption of uniform practices across Australia and internationally. 

The design of the symposium will build on the experience of the highly successful  Earth Science Information Partnership (ESIP) series that has been running for more than two decades in North America.

The symposium will include a field trip on Monday 29th May to a number of national sample collections around Canberra. Following this, an opening reception will be held at the  National Museum of Australia on Hospital Point. Registration closes 31 March 2017.

Belmont Forum 25.11.2015

The Belmont Forum has highlighted GFBio as a national initiative for the establishment of a strategic coordination network.

The  Belmont Forum is a group of high-level representatives from global funding agencies. During its last meeting of principals in October 2015 in Oslo, the  e-infrastructure Community Strategy and Implementation Plan of the Forum has been accepted.

The plan recommends the Forum to transform the way data are used and research is conducted. Consequently, the Forum will initiate the establishment and management of a strategic coordination network of organizations - such as GFBio - to address its objectives to support global environmental change research.  Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre is currently establishing a German coordination unit to align GFBio internationally, fostering information and data exchange for biodiversity and ecosystem service research and decision support.

The Belmont Forum is the main international joint-funding initiative on research into the impact and mitigation of global environmental climate change. It brings together entities to design and fund research programmes for implementation at a global level.

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NEWS: nov 18 DFG Guidelines

DFG Guidelines on the handling of research data in biodiversity research

The re-use of research data is becoming more and more relevant for meta-analyses, or studies of global interest or to answer questions about climate change. Similarly, the DFG began in 2010 to ask for a data management description as part of the funding proposal for a new project.

Due to the importance of this issue for biodiversity sciences, the Senate Commission on Biodiversity Research established an appropriate working group that also includes some GFBio members. This working group established guidelines for the management and re-use of data in biodiversity research which outline the DFG's expectations on reusable research data in the field of biodiversity.

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Second training course for data curators at the GFBio Collection Data Centers

Apr 14 , 2015 Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History. Second training course for data curators at the GFBio Collection Data Centers (WP5-Archives)

The 2nd GFBio training course for data curators will take place at the State Museum for Natural History in Stuttgart on April 14, 2015. This will also be the 25th Diversity Workbench Workshop and as such it will give an introduction to the use of the software tool DiversityTaxonNames. It will provide training in the management and utilisation of regionalised taxonomic reference lists, focusing on German data. DFG-funded projects in the area of biodiversity research, such as the DiversityMobile project and monitoring projects, such as the German Barcode of Life and the "Flora von Bayern" initiative, often use regionalised taxon reference lists, check lists, and species registers. These all rely on national or regional taxon concepts, connecting them with the global taxon registry, lists from nature conservation agencies, and/or common names. In Germany, taxonomies and taxonomic experts have sometimes been compiled and worked for years on a volunteer basis and without project funding. The coming workshop will bring together experts in regionalised (German) taxonomic reference lists and biologists from related fields, especially biodiversity informatics.

The workshop language will be German.

Further information

Registration: carlos.monje[at]

First training course for data curators at the GFBio Collection Data Centers

Dec 08 - 09, 2014 Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History. First training course for data curators at the GFBio Collection Data Centers (WP5-Archives)


This workshop primarily targets biologists/curators of the GFBio Collection Data Centers.

We will present workflows in curation, maintenance and publication of research data in the GFBio- context and also practice already established services. This workshop aims to support the expertise at the GFBio Collection Data Centers that already work in curation of data or want to take over such tasks in the future.

Further information

Registration: carlos.monje[at]