The Brazilian Biodiversity Information System (SiBBr) participated in the XXXIII Brazilian Zoology Conference held in Águas de Lindóia - SP in the week from March 02nd to 06th, 2020. With the topic “Contributions of the Scientific Collections for the Future of the Society”, the XXXIII edition of the Zoology Conference brought a reflection about the central role of zoological collections for the development of the country. Gathering zoologists from every corner of Brazil, the debates were about the importance of the specimens deposited in the scientific collections as a inexhaustible source of data for basic research and for applied in favor of the society. With a strategic role for the development and for the scientific sovereign of Brazil, the biological collections must be duly recognized and valued.
During the conference, researchers and curators were able to register the collections in the SiBBr Collection Catalog. Currently, 226 collections from 122 different institutions are registered on this platform, which provides specialized information on the Brazilian collections, in addition to the number of records digitalized by collection, covered taxonomic groups, responsible curator, etc. By means of this tool, the user can access the information on each specimen deposited in a collection, obtaining information about the place and data of collecting, the collector’s name, taxonomic classification, etc. It is also possible to search for a specific species and check in which Brazilian collections there are specimens of that species deposited, view all the records of a given collection (or taxonomic group) in an interactive map, and download the viewed records to subsidize your own researches.
SiBBr is the refence database of the Brazilian government about the national biodiversity and provides information on 160 thousand species and more than 15 million records of occurrence in the entire country. The platform is an initiative of MCTIC, maintained and operated by the National Research and Development Network – RNP. It is also the Brazilian knot of the Global Information Biodiversity Facility (GBIF), which provides data from almost 60 countries. The information can be accessed by the society, researchers and decision makers free of charge. The platform can be accessed on site www.sibbr.gov.br.
During XXXIII CBZOO, more than 20 zoological collections were recorded in the SiBBr. Check the page of the Brazilian collections in SiBBr.