To speed up the repatriation of data on the Brazilian biodiversity, researchers from the Brazilian Biodiversity Information Facility (SiBBr) developed a tool capable of recovering all records in an automated manner. Thereby, 850,491 new records were repatriated to the SiBBr in only a day. The data were in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The SiBBR is an initiative by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC) to consolidate a platform for data and contents on biodiversity.
According to the facility’s general director, Andrea Portela Nunes, the repatriation tool was developed to recover information on the Brazilian biodiversity published in other countries. She mentions, for example, the natural history museums in Europe and in the United States, which have huge data collections on the Brazilian fauna and flora.
"When they computerize these data and go to the museum’s facility, we do not have the data here. To be able to “bring” the data here, we used to perform a manual data search and indexation process, which takes a long time. The tool we developed does this in an automatized way. It searches for data on Brazilian biodiversity in all databases from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, and automatically indexes them to our database”, Andrea explains. She is the general coordinator of Ecosystem Management at the MCTIC.
Since 2014, when the data repatriation on Brazilian biodiversity began, 1,608,875 records have been recovered. They are the information collected in Brazil and published in 36 countries. With the data recovered with the new tool, the SiBBr already makes available 2,459,366 occurrences repatriated from the global facility.
According to Andrea, 50 thousand new records on the Brazilian biodiversity are published monthly by other countries in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.
She recalls that, on November 2015, the SiBBr completed one year with 6 million records on biodiversity. The expectation is to reach nine million by the end of the year. “We have almost two million data that are ready to be integrated to the SiBBr. That is, with the 6.3 million we have, we shall easily reach 9 million”.
The SiBBr is built from a collaborative network of institutions and actors, who generate, transform and consume information on the Brazilian biodiversity. The National Laboratory for Scientific Computation (LNCC) and RNP are partners in the development, hosting and management of the platform.