We are happy to announce that all data contributed by our Swedish GBIF partners is now available in BioAtlas. In total, there are 43 datasets comprising more than 66 million individual occurrence records.

The data can be accessed through the occurrence searches interface, supporting text-based search, spatial search and various types of filtering and downloading of records. You can also explore the data sets through the collections interface and read more about the institutions providing data. Images associated with the occurrence records are available if the data owners provide them in the format recommended by GBIF (as direct URL links to the images). The detailed record views show, among other things, any validation issues that arose during import of the data.

We are working together with our data partners on solving some indexing and encoding issues. Meanwhile, you might experience issues with displaying Swedish characters (åäö) for some datasets, and with some of the functionality. Known issues at the time of writing include problems with the display of four datasets in the collections interface, the download of species checklists, and the taxonomic indexing of some datasets.

The current instance of BioAtlas shows biodiversity data from Sweden, including many records from foreign countries provided by Swedish data owners. This corresponds to the GBIF view “Data from Sweden”. The BioAtlas software allows us to index the occurrence records according to any taxonomic checklist. For the current view, which includes a substantial number of records from countries outside of Sweden of species that do not occur here, we are using Catalogue of Life, the main taxonomic authority used by GBIF internationally. Some of the more advanced taxonomic functionality of BioAtlas will not pick up records with nonmatching taxon names, but text-based and spatial searches of the data have no such limitations. Data providers can easily filter out and examine those of their records that do not match Catalogue of Life, for instance by using the filters in the records view of the collections interface.

In future versions, we are considering the possibility of replacing Catalogue of Life with the GBIF backbone, which is computed from 54 taxonomic checklists in a priority sequence where Catalogue of Life comes first. Catalogue of Life is currently estimated to comprise around 84 % of known species, whereas the GBIF backbone is assumed to be virtually complete. However, it is not unusual that taxonomic issues arise during the automated merging of checklists, so the data quality of the backbone is somewhat lower. Please feel free to contact the BioAtlas team if you have opinions on the optimal taxonomic indexing of biodiversity data from Sweden.

During the fall, we will be adding the Spatial Portal to BioAtlas Sweden. The Spatial Portal will expand the functionality of BioAtlas considerably. Among other things, you will be able to estimate and predict species distributions, and combine occurrence records with data from environmental layers in various types of analyses. The Spatial Portal will be restricted to biodiversity data about Sweden, corresponding to the GBIF view “Data about Sweden”. In addition to data from Swedish data owners, the Spatial Portal will also include data reported for Sweden by other GBIF participant countries, thus further expanding the basis of Swedish biodiversity analysis. We plan to index the Spatial Portal using the national taxonomic checklist (DynTaxa). You can read more about the Spatial Portal and its functionality here.