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Launching Ceremony for the online of Simplified Chinese version of Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) website was held in Beijing
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At the afternoon of September 24, 2019, Launching Ceremony for the Online of Simplified Chinese Version of Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) website was held in the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IBCAS). The ceremony was organized by the Chinese Academy of Sciences Node (CAS Node), chaired by Prof. MA Keping (Head of delegation for GBIF-CAS node). Dr. Joe Miller (Executive Secretary of GBIF Secretariat), Dr. YANG Xiuhong (Deputy Director for IBCAS) attended the ceremony together with another 70 participants.

In the opening, Prof. MA Keping briefly introduced the current platforms and programs for global biodiversity data, and pointed out that GBIF had the greatest influence and was the leader in biodiversity informatics.

Dr. YANG Xiuhong delivered welcome speech for the ceremony. She congratulated the launch of simplified Chinese version of GBIF.org and introduced the progress made by institute in the field of biodiversity informatics, especially the digitalization of plant specimens, the development of plant diversity databases and the provision of external data services.

Dr. Joe Miller introduced the background, history and network of GBIF. By signing MoU, participants could join GBIF as members. Currently, GBIF is joined by 59 countries and 39 organizations. 1472 data publishers from all over the world mobilized more than 1.3 billion occurrences to GBIF.org. Among the data, 3.6 million records were about China, including 1.8 million from within China. Comparing with the Catalogue of Life China (2013 version), there were still many gaps in taxon groups. Also, he shared how to track and retrieve GBIF data use via DOI. At the end of his talk, he expressed his gratitude to Dr. LUO Maofang from Chinese Academy of Sciences and Ms. NIU Jingmei from China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation for the translation.

Node manager Dr. XU Zheping gave a speech on Node Status of GBIF CAS in China. He introduced the national and international communications and trainings as well as other activities from the node. He stated the GBIF data usage in Chinese articles in particular. Comparing with peer reviewed-publications in English, more quotes of GBIF in Chinese papers. More than 700 Chinese papers using GBIF data had been published in more than 300 journals or postgraduate dissertations, among which, the top three journals are Biodiversity Science, Acta Ecologica Sinica and Chinese Journal of Ecology. Database systems that had been used together with GBIF were Chines Virtual Herbarium (CVH), China National Specimen Information Infrastructure (NSII) and its sub-platforms. The research areas of these papers mainly concentrated in the western region of Qinghai-Tibet plateau. Considering He suggested content partners “ecosystem” of GBIF-CAS.

Lastly, Dr. Joe Miller shared “The Future of GBIF: Challenges and Opportunities”. From the early taxonomic research in Linnaeus period, and the technical means of biological taxonomic research in the 19th and 20th centuries, he introduced the current status of biodiversity science and put forward “how can we make our data and knowledge applicable to the crisis affecting biodiversity?”. Taking studies from Australia and China, he showed how quantitative data was important for policy making. He also introduced GBIF’s new strategies, including establishment of expert communities for biodiversity data, taxonomies and phylogeny of life, as well as how to expand the coverage of GBIF, such as building the database for species traits.  

Since 2018, GBIF Secretariat has started the task of multilingual translation of the website interface. The simplified Chinese version began from March 2019. It is believed that after the launching of the simplified Chinese version of GBIF.ORG, the use of GBIF data in China will be promoted, and the sharing of biodiversity information from China will be promoted. In particular, China will play a leading role in filling the weak data areas in Asia and promote the development of global biodiversity informatics.

Dr. YANG Xiuhong delivered welcome speech

Dr. Joe Miller introduced GBIF

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