Return to overview

Chordata collection Natural History Museum Rotterdam now in VertNet, a demo of multiple (GBIF) data presentation...

17 / 08 / 2015, NLBIF

The Natural History Museum of Rotterdam, the city that hosts the largest harbour of Europe, accommodates a beautiful collection of plants, animals and fossils from all over the world.

Dedicated staff members, as well as a little army of volunteer co-workers, maintain the well-documented collection. Optimal exposure of the (digital) collection and open access to the collection data is one of the primary missions of the museum and the last couple of years their collection has been almost completely digitised. Divided into 5 sub-collections the almost 250 thousand specimens are currently available online through the data portal of GBIF. In order to maximize accessibility of the data, in which so much time and energy was invested, the Chordata collection of the museum is now also visible and searchable through the VertNet portal, the world's major data gateway for biodiversity data with a backbone.

The Rotterdam data are published only once through GBIF's Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT) and then harvested by GBIF as well as VertNet. This set-up is a clear demonstration of the benefits of the GBIF infrastructure where your biodiversity data are published in a standardised way and can subsequently be presented through different platforms and portals.