PUBLISHING, ACCESSING AND ANALYTICAL USE OF BIODIVERSITY INFORMATION
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is committed to providing free and open access to biodiversity data. GBIF is a network with more than 50 participating countries and hundreds of institutions providing thousands of datasets, all of which are made available through open standards and accessible by all. GBIF are involved in many levels of the data publication, integration and analytical use processes and are concerned with building infrastructure, providing tools and services, training and capacity building.
This presentation will introduce the scope of the challenges faced by the GBIF mission, from small-scale local datasets, through country collections to the global index providing discovery, access, annotation and integration services to 100s of millions of point based records, and 100s thousands of polygons. The use of Geoserver in various roles will be explained, along with the limitations faced with using the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards. The requirements of scalable processing for discovery processes, and spatial integration with other initiatives will be explained and how GBIF are using the Hadoop family of tools to achieve this.
Tim Robertson - Global Biodiversity Information Facility