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The Atlas of Living Costa Rica (CRBio)
Manuel Vargas, María Mora

Last modified: 2016-09-01


The Atlas of Living Costa Rica (CRBio) was launched in 2006, aiming to provide integrated, free, and open access to data and information about the Costa Rican biodiversity to support science, education, and biodiversity conservation. CRBio is a national effort with collaborators from the National Biodiversity Institute of Costa Rica (INBio), the National Museum of Costa Rica (MNCR), the National System of Conservation Areas of Costa Rica (Sinac), the School of Biology of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), the National Commission for Biodiversity Management (Conagebio), the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), the Laboratory of Natural Resources and Wildlife (Larnavisi) of the National University of Costa Rica (UNA), and the Costa Rica Bird Observatories (CRBO).

Thanks to the support of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), the National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (Conicit), and the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Telecommunications (Micitt), the CRBio data portal (http://www.crbio.cr/) was updated in 2016 with technology developed by ALA, which has been installed and adapted in other countries (e.g. Spain, France, Argentina, Portugal, and Scotland).  These countries have established a community of developers and users supported by GBIF and ALA. The new data portal of CRBio includes 5,000 species pages, more than 50,000 images, and around 6.2 million occurrence records, all of them georeferenced. The occurrence records are part of nearly 400 databases and were published by research centres in more than 30 countries.

The data and information aggregated and published by CRBio follow standards recommended by the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG), such as Darwin Core Archive for occurrence records and Plinian Core for species records. The use of these standards and publishing tools (for instance the Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT)) facilitate sharing and exchanging data with global biodiversity informatics initiatives like GBIF and the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL).