We are happy to announce that GBIF-Sweden will, for the first time, host the European GBIF Nodes Meeting. The meeting will take place in Stockholm during May 8-11, 2017. The main topics for discussion are event-based data, sequence data, data use and ALA implementation.

There are currently 19 European GBIF members and two associate country participants. We are also happy to welcome our two newest European members, Poland and Switzerland, to take part. Stay tuned for more information.

We are excited to announce that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Museum of Nature will host the 2017 Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) conference in Ottawa, Canada, Oct. 1 – Oct. 6. The theme for this year is Data Integration in a Big Data Universe: Associating Occurrences with Genes, Phenotypes, and Environments. For further information see https://tdwg.github.io/conferences/2017/

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Final BID call for proposals seeks projects from sub-Saharan Africa

GBIF invites the submission of concept notes for project funding from Africa under for the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme. The deadline for submissions is 9 April 2017, midnight CET / 2300 UTC/GMT. More information can be found here.

BioAtlas.se is now public! The portal is actively under development and will come to include several functions and tools for visualization and analysis of Swedish biodiversity data. We are currently working on adding some test data sets. During the time of development the new data portal will run in parallel to the old data portal. Stay tuned for our news updates on new releases and other information.