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GLOBAL
BIODIVERSITY INFORMATION FACILITY
Biodiversity and uses of
biodiversity data:
Example: Butterflies of
the Albertine Rift
Photo: Jacqueline Havugimana / Ugo Dall’Asta
CEPDEC-TZ Training Course:
Digitisation of Biodiversity Information
Dar Es Salaam
13-17 July 2009
Franck Theeeten
Biodiversity Informatics and
Cybertaxonomy unit
Royal Museum for Central Africa
(Tervuren, Belgium)
CEPDEC-TZ Training course: Digitisation of Biodiversity Information 13th – 17th July 2009 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Publication of a dataset of
Butterflies from the RMCA to GBIF

Published to GBIF in September 2008
CEPDEC-TZ Training course: Digitisation of Biodiversity Information 13th – 17th July 2009 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
http://193.190.223.48/BiocaseProvider_2.4.2/www/querytool/main.
cgi?dsa=EntomoAlbertina
Source of the data




Date came from an Access database managed by a
scientist from the RMCA
Source database was in Access, with link to photos
Scientifc collaborator Jacqueline Havugimana
took photos and verified the identification of
some specimens
Project coordinated y Ugo Dall’Asta (RMCA: Royal
Museum for Central Africa) and Anne Franklin
(RBINS: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural
Sciences)
CEPDEC-TZ Training course: Digitisation of Biodiversity Information 13th – 17th July 2009 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Publication of the data

Data have been published to GBIF with Biocase
provider
 Open-source
applications developped by the BGBM
(Botanical Garden & Museum of Berlin) within the
framework of an project funded by European Union
 Downloadable at http://www.biocase.org/
CEPDEC-TZ Training course: Digitisation of Biodiversity Information 13th – 17th July 2009 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Biocase PyWrapper

Can connect data to
GBIF

Also feature an
Internal Query
Interface

Customisable with
parameters defined
in XML files
CEPDEC-TZ Training course: Digitisation of Biodiversity Information 13th – 17th July 2009 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Source Database
CEPDEC-TZ Training course: Digitisation of Biodiversity Information 13th – 17th July 2009 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Multimedia content

High-resolution
photos of the
Specimens were
published by
Zoomify (Free
application using
Flash)
CEPDEC-TZ Training course: Digitisation of Biodiversity Information 13th – 17th July 2009 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Workflow Albertine Rift Butterflies
Image Viewer
(Zoomify)
Desktop source
database
(Access)
Web Server
(Biocase)
Client
CEPDEC-TZ Training course: Digitisation of Biodiversity Information 13th – 17th July 2009 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Workflow Albertine Rift Butterflies
Image Viewer
(Zoomify)
Desktop source
database
(Access)
Web Server
(Biocase)
Client
CEPDEC-TZ Training course: Digitisation of Biodiversity Information 13th – 17th July 2009 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
http://data.gbif.
org
Workflow Albertine Rift Butterflies
Image Viewer
(Zoomify)
Desktop source
database
(Access)
Web Server
(Biocase)
Client
Logical workflow but …
Importation
fromcourse:
source
database
to web
server
a straightforward
CEPDEC-TZ Training
Digitisation
of Biodiversity
Information
13th wasn’t
– 17th July 2009
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
and immediate process (from a technical point of view)

Workflow Albertine Rift Butterflies
DB
Desktop source
database
(Access)
Database
(SQL based)
Web Server
(Biocase)
Need to develop a database as an intermediate step between:
-the source database managed by the individual scientist (which wasn’t
built within the prospect of an Internet connection)
-the interface and provider of data to GBIF permanentely available on the
CEPDEC-TZ Training course: Digitisation of Biodiversity Information 13th – 17th July 2009 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Internet
Thanks for your attention!
CEPDEC-TZ Training course: Digitisation of Biodiversity Information 13th – 17th July 2009 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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