Biological collections are replete with taxonomic, geographic, temporal, numerical, and historical information. This information is crucial for understanding and properly managing biodiversity and ecosystems, but is often difficult to access. Data publication is the act of making that information available online, and is the core mission of Canadensys.
Since September 2011, Canadensys participants and others have started publishing their biodiversity information via the Canadensys repository. Most of the datasets contain specimen data, but checklists and observation data are present as well. All datasets are published in the biodiversity information standard Darwin Core, and you can explore, download and use them for free under an open license.
If you are interested in publishing your own dataset, start here.
For more detailed statistics, see the different sheets in this Google Spreadsheet.
- Chapman, 2005. Uses of primary species-occurrence data
- Peterson et al., 2005. Free and open access to bird specimen data : Why?
- Chapman & Grafton, 2008. Guide to best practices for generalizing sensitive species occurrence data