Tag Archives: Biodiversity

Alaotra Grebe declared extinct

BirdLife International published in the last update of IUCN redlist for birds that Alaotra Grebe (Tachybaptus rufolavatus) is now considered extinct. This species was endemic to the lake Alaotra in Madagascar. The last observation was done in 1985. You can read more at BirdLife as well as on Wikipedia.

GBIF has 30 specimens in its database.

Talking to 200 persons at once

I had a talk this morning for presenting the new portal of GBIF-Sweden to the employees of the Swedish Museum of Natural History.

I talked in Cosmonova, which is a huge dome-theater, and that was really impressive to be there. It was a little bit weird as well since the public was in the darkness, I couldn’t see if people were interested or not.

So I presented our new portal. It features a search function: you can now search among 16 millions of records of specimens and observations from swedish databases. You can see the result as a list of occurences, or displayed on a map, at least for records with coordinates.

It contains also news and documents about GBIF.

On the microformat front, the portal uses geo each time a record has coordinates. So if you have Operator installed, and if the map we provide doesn’t fit you or you want to see the location with satellite pictures, you just need to right click and go to the map provider you like (Google or Yahoo!)

The URL is http://www.gbif.se

It’s all in swedish :-)

Embedding a GBIF distribution map in a web page

Last june GBIF released its new portal. Together with it came a few web services. One of them is the possibility to embed a distribution map in a web page.

Let say you have a special interest in one particular species. It can be the one you’re doing your research on, it can be the one you will teach to your schoolkids, it can simply be that you like this particular species.

Then why not making a web page for presenting this and sharing your interest with others? And why not displaying a map for showing where this animal happens to be?

Fortunately, there is a big network of biodiversity databases out there: GBIF. This network makes more than 146 millions of records available to anyone. The data is about collected specimens or observations. GBIF builds maps from the records provided with coordinates, and it provides a simple way to embed them into a webpage.
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