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TROPIBIO Fieldcourse in Biodiversity Data Mobilization, Cabo Verde


TROPIBIO, the Technical University of the Atlantic, GBIF Portugal, and the Higher Institute of Agronomy delivered a field course in biodiversity data mobilization.

The course took place from July 11 to July 15, 2022 in the Institute of Engineering and Marine Sciences, Technical University of the Atlantic (ISECMAR-UTA), Campus da Ribeira de Julião, São Vicente, Cabo Verde. 

The fieldcourse was delivered by: 
Dr Raquel Vasconcelos – Researcher Assistant at CIBIO-InBio, specialist in conservation genetics and island biogeography;
Prof Rui Figueira – Professor at the Higher Agricultural Institute, University of Lisbon, specialist in biodiversity informatics and the Portuguese Node Manager of GBIF;
Dr Fernanda Alves-Martins – Researcher Assistant at CIBIO-InBio, specialist in macroecology and biogeography;
Javier Martinez Arribas – Data Scientist at CIBIO-InBio, specialist in data management and machine learning.

The advanced training started with an opening session, where the professors Dr Evandro Lopes, UTA faculty member, Dr Henrique Rendall, ISECMAR president, and Prof Richard Ladle, TROPIBIO ERA Chair, welcomed attendants. A closing session ceremony was performed on the fifth day.. 

The course was divided into five modules:
  • M1-Field sheets and in situ biodiversity data collection – Dr Raquel Vasconcelos;
  • M2-Quality of biodiversity data in OpenRefine – Prof Rui Figueira, with the support of Tropibio team;
  • M3-Georeferencing and mapping of data using the Geolocate tool – Prof Rui Figueira, with the support of Tropibio team;
  • M4-Publication of biodiversity data in GBIF using the Darwin Core Standards (https://www.tdwg.org/standards/dwc/) – Prof Rui Figueira, with the support of Tropibio team;
  • M5- Basic notions about data analysis and map production in R – Dr. Fernanda Alves-Martins and Javier Martinez Arribas, with the support of Prof Rui Figueira and Dr Raquel Vasconcelos.

The fieldcourse was attended by 19 people,  undergraduate and graduated students, UTA professors, NGOs staff and other conservation-related institutions. It allowed participants to learn the entire process of mobilizing biodiversity data from field collection, through insertion into databases, to publication using Darwin Core Standards.


Opening session of the Fieldwork Advanced Training in Biodiversity Data Mobilization.

Participants and TROPIBIO team. 

During the workshop. 

Closing ceremony. 

Field course attendants showing their certificates.
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