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The GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT) is being used here, there and everywhere, definitely in the Netherlands

17 / 07 / 2015, NLBIF

The Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT), the tool commonly used within the GBIF community to swift and easily publish biodiversity data, is increasingly being used by Dutch biodiversity data owners.

With the installation of the IPT of the Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology (Sovon), the 8th IPT in the Netherlands is a fact. An increasing number of organisations owning natural history data, observational data or research data, consider this GBIF toolkit as an easy way to put their data online in a standardised way and as open data. The attractiveness of this toolkit only increases as the ease of use gets better all the time and the array of sheer possibilities keeps on expanding.

At present there are over 150 IPT installations in use world wide, serving over 300 million biodiversity records, observations as well as collection specimens, originating from over 1300 datasets owned by about 350 organisations. The most recent version of the IPT can register Digital Object Identifiers (DOI's) for datasets, is equipped with a series of standardised user licences and can easily be adjusted according to the owners preferred graphical design and branding. An IPT version that is capable of hosting sample based data, high on the wish list of the scientific research community, becomes available in August 2015.