If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Our new Toolbox series for the coral reef community will highlight one tool each week relevant to data management, analysis, visualization, storage, retrieval, reuse, or collaboration. We’ll try to focus on the most comprehensive, useful, and relevant tools for coral reef work.
We hope you’ll take time to try each one out, and then tell us what you think.
This week: Biodiversity information aggregated at GBIF (http://gbif.org ).
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) pulls together species and taxonomic entries from over 800 authoritative data publishers and constantly updates them. GBIF intake includes favorite coral reef species databases (WoRMS, iDigBio, ITIS, Paleobiology,…). Bonus: GBIF makes it easier to search NCBI to find ‘omics data on corals, symbionts, and holobionts.
Search by taxon, common name, dataset, or country; apply filters, and link directly to providers’ websites. Explore species now at http://gbif.org/species .
Yours for a more robust toolbox.