Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Biodiversity Data Quality: A new approach from SiB Colombia
Nestor Beltran, Dairo Escobar, Camila Plata, Marcela Delgado, Leonardo Buitrago, Juan Bello

Building: Elmia Congress Centre, Jönköping
Room: Rum 11
Date: 2014-10-30 12:25 PM – 12:30 PM
Last modified: 2014-10-10


Since 2012 Colombian Biodiversity Information System (SiB Colombia)  has taken the initiative of build capacity in institutions that generate information about biodiversity. The main approach to reach this goal was the development of publication workshops where the users receive training in principles and tools for data quality. These workshops cope with the use of standards and data quality. With an average of one workshop per month including specific workshops in data papers, georeferencing, and informatics tools for the management of biological collections we have consolidated a number of publishers over time in this two years.

However, trained skills do not persist in most of the attendees or their institutions. This is due in part to the continuous staff turnover of government and research institutions and also to the unwilling to replicate the skills learned. Workshop surveys show that while publication scheme and the value of the published data are important for users, most of them consider that even some of the simplest tools are barriers. As expected, a brief analysis of the subsequent trainees publications showed poor data quality.

In response, since April we have consolidated a new scheme in which, no matter the origin of the publisher, clear activities are delivered with a calendar for both users and trainers. The process begins by structuring the information in Darwin Core standard, then the use of tools to validate the information and ends with the publication of the data. Each step provides feedback and consolidation of knowledge in data quality. This presentation will show the success of this scheme reflected in the quality of the data currently published and the increase by more than twice of published records.