Data analysis

Datasets containing biodiversity data can be analysed in different ways; technically, statistically, taxonomically, geographically and in various combinations of these approaches. Heavy data analysis is not the mission of GBIF and NLBIF, there are other initiatives available for that purpose, such as LifeWatch (http://www.lifewatch.eu/), BioVeL (http://www.biovel.eu), GEO-BON (http://www.earthobservations.org/geobon.shtml), etc. GBIF and NLBIF mainly focus on the well-documented and standardised publishing of data for this type of initiative.

Once part of GBIF, data sets can be analysed in an advanced manner and visualised via the Biodiversity Datasets Assessment Tool (BIDDSAT) from the University of Navarra in Spain (http://www.unav.es/unzyec/mzna/biddsat/). This is an example of how the GBIF infrastructure is gradually expanded with specific tools for processing GBIF data.

Apart from the BIDDSAT tool, there are several ways to analyse GBIF and NLBIF data offline with standard freely accessible packages such as DIVA-GIS (http://www.diva-gis.org) or Quantum-GIS (http://www.qgis.org).
GBIF Spain has developed the Biodiversity Data Quality Hub, in English. This is a tool for easily and quickly finding accessory applications for working with GBIF data (http://www.gbif.es/BDQ.php).