Posts with the "gbif" tag
Checklist Recipe - How we created a template to standardize species data
November 20, 2018
Imagine you are a fish ecologist who compiled a list of fish species for your country. 🐟
Your list could be useful to others, so you publish it as a supplementary file to an article or in a research repository. That is fantastic, but it might be difficult for others to discover your list or combine it with other lists of species. Luckily there’s a better way to publish species lists: as a standardized checklist that can be harvested and processed by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
rgbif: seven years of GBIF in R
August 22, 2018
rgbif was seven years old yesterday!
What is rgbif? rgbif gives you access to data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) via their API.
A samping of use cases covered in rgbif:
Search for datasets Get metrics on usage of datasets Get metadata about organizations providing data to GBIF Search taxonomic names Get quick taxonomic name suggestions Search occurrences by taxonomic name/country/collector/etc. Download occurrences by taxonomic name/country/collector/etc.
finch - parse Darwin Core files
December 23, 2016
finch has just been released to CRAN (binaries should be up soon).
finch is a package to parse Darwin Core files. Darwin Core (DwC) is:
a body of standards. It includes a glossary of terms (in other contexts these might be called properties, elements, fields, columns, attributes, or concepts) intended to facilitate the sharing of information about biological diversity by providing reference definitions, examples, and commentaries. The Darwin Core is primarily based on taxa, their occurrence in nature as documented by observations, specimens, samples, and related information.
Changed and new things in the new version of rgbif, v0.5
February 17, 2014
rgbif is an R package to search and retrieve data from the Global Biodiverity Information Facilty (GBIF). rgbif wraps R code around the [GBIF API][gbifapi] to allow you to talk to GBIF from R.
We just pushed a new verion of rgbif to cran - v0.5.0. Source and binary files are now available on CRAN.
There are a few new functions: count_facet, elevation, and installations. These are described, with examples, below.
Overlaying climate data with species occurrence data
July 29, 2013
One of our primary goals at ROpenSci is to wrap as many science API’s as possible. While each package can be used as a standalone interface, there’s lots of ways our packages can overlap and complement each other. Sure He-Man usually rode Battle Cat, but there’s no reason he couldn’t ride a my little pony sometimes too. That’s the case with our packages for GBIF and the worldbank climate data api.