Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Publishing biodiversity data under a new training scheme from SiB Colombia
Nestor Beltran, Dairo Escobar, Camila Plata, Marcela Delgado, Leonardo Buitrago, Juan Bello

Building: Elmia Congress Centre, Jönköping
Room: Rum 11
Date: 2014-10-29 09:40 AM – 10:00 AM
Last modified: 2014-10-16


Since 2012 one of the aims of the Colombian Biodiversity Information System (SiB Colombia) has been creating capacity in data management in the institutions that generate biodiversity data. The main approach to achieve this goal was the development of publishing workshops where users receive all the training for data management and publication. Generally these workshops include training in the use of data and metadata standards, publishing and use of basic data quality tools in order to take over the gap between concepts and users. As a result we carry out an average of one workshop per month, including workshops on data papers, georeferencing and tools for biological collections.

However, skills don’t persist in most of the attendees or institutions. This is due in part to the continuous staff turnover of government and research institutions and also to the unwillingness 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 or concepts are barriers. As expected, a brief analysis of the subsequent trainees publications showed deficiencies in data management.

In response, since April 2014 we have consolidated a new scheme in which, regardless of the origin of the person, clear activities come with a calendar for 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. This presentation will show the success of this scheme reflected in: the first completely autonomous workshop carried out by a group of entities benefited from the scheme, the notorious increase of data quality and the increase of published records.