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NDFF metadata (MOON project)

Project type: 
Data project
01 / 01 / 2017 to 31 / 12 / 2018

The Dutch National Database Flora and Fauna (NDFF) is the data warehouse construction that contains the distribution data of plants and animals in the Netherlands. Its main components are: data entry portal(s), a central archive, validation service and data export portal(s).
In the Netherlands vast amounts (over 125 million observations) of data on the whereabouts of species over the last century have been gathered and stored. However it is scattered among different organizations ((e.g. FLORON, Sovon, Zoogdiervereniging),, Rijkswaterstaat, Natuurmonumenten, Staatsbosbeheer, municipalities, provinces, water management boards and green consultancy firms), in different formats and not always digitally available. The National Database Flora and Fauna (NDFF) has been built to make distribution data of (flora and fauna) species available through one National Data Warehouse.

NLBIF and NDFF cooperate in data exchange by publishing metadata sets in GBIF. These sets describe the characteristics such as author, owner, taxonomic group and period of observations that are available in the NDFF. After the classification of the datasets and consultation of the source holders, a selection was made of 139 datasets (> 50 million observations), of which descriptive Dutch texts were translated into English for publication in GBIF. These English texts, contact details and area maps (metadata) are accessible through the GBIF portal. Non-Dutch scientists can now take note of the many observations that are present in the NDFF database on a platform known to them. Under certain conditions, the observations can be sent to interested parties by the NDFF. In addition to the publication of the metadata sets, a first NDFF dataset with (aggregated) observations will be published in GBIF.

For more information please contact Service team NDFF: