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Thursday, 10 March 2016

New feature of OpenWebGIS - mapping data from GBIF, and new Contributors

OpenWebGIS team has started developing the new feature. You, our users and contributors inspire us on constant improvement of OpenWebGIS. Thanks to our new contributors info from Canada and ANDREA ANSELMI from Italy. Now you can use selecting and mapping data from The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). GBIF is an international open data infrastructure, funded by governments. «The data accessible through GBIF relate to evidence about more than 1.6 million species, collected over three centuries of natural history exploration and including current observations from citizen scientists, researchers and automated monitoring programmes». More about GBIF read here. You can make your selections and put them automatically on the map using the menu item of OpenWebGIS "GeoDataBase-> Global Biodiversity". After that a popup (see Figure 1, 2) window will appear with options for your query.
Figure 1 - Popup window for GBIF in the old interface of OpenWebGIS
Figure 2 - Popup window for GBIF in one of variants of a new interface of OpenWebGIS
Insert the scientific name of the species. Please write this name like it is described in GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Option "limit" -controls the number of results. The more the limit is — the selection and mapping are slower. Уou can specify a geographic Region like a rectangle based on coordinates: lower left longitude, lower left latitude and upper right longitude, upper right latitude. You can insert it by clicking on the map or typing manually. Coordinates are inserted after clicking on the map if this value is equal to zero or empty.

The example of mapping result you can see on Figure 3.
Figure 3 - The mapping result of data from GBIF
It is only the beginning and we will add the new options for sampling and mapping. Of course there are many sites and programs with which you can select data from GBIF, but may be it is better for you to do it with the help of OpenWebGIS - because you can set your own data style on the map and your base layers, use analytic functions for working with data and exporting it to other formats, and more.

Please support the crowdfunding campaign of OpenWebGIS and repost this information among your friends.

Read more information about crowdfunding campaign and our plans on, and Indiegogo.
Best regards, OpenWebGIS team.

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