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Azorean Biodiversity Portal

Latest version published by Universidade dos Açores on Sep 28, 2018 Universidade dos Açores

The University of Azores hosts the Azores Bioportal (http://azoresbioportal.uac.pt/) a regional E-Infrastructure. The Azorean Biodiversity Portal (ABP) is an e-infrastructure now associated with Portuguese PORBIOTA and LIFEWATCH. The ABP is a key e-infrastructure for the integrated management of biodiversity data of the Azores, providing a large number of specialized services supporting research, policy and education. The 3000 visits per day, the numerous international scientific collaborations, resulting in publications and academic thesis, and the connection with other prestigious databases demonstrate the Portal’s scientific quality as well as its general appeal. Several Natural History Collections are also managed by University of Azores, namely of Algae, Bryophytes, Vascular Plants, Molluscs and Arthropods.The Azorean Biodiversity Portal shares all the information available on the biodiversity of the Azores, one of the five Macaronesian archipelagos (the other being Madeira, Salvage Islands, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde). Macaronesia is recognized as an important part of the Mediterranean hotspot of biodiversity; however, a comprehensive systematic revision of its biodiversity was still lacking at the end of the 20th century. Based in two European INTERREG IIIB projects, an unprecedented collaboration of more than 200 taxonomists and other scientists resulted in accurate and comprehensive lists of terrestrial species in the Canary Islands (Izquierdo et al., 2001, 2004; Moro et al., 2003), Cape Verde (Arechavaleta et al., 2005), the Azores (Borges et al., 2005b, 2010) and Madeira–Selvagens (Borges et al., 2008). This unique collaboration was fundamental for creating the baseline taxonomic information for the ABP, updating the taxonomic information, listing synonyms.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 2,408,695 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

Downloads

Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 2,408,695 records in English (200 MB) - Update frequency: unknown
Metadata as an EML file download in English (22 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (40 KB)

Versions

The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Borges P A V, Gabriel R, Arroz A M, Costa A, Cunha R, Silva L, Mendonça E, Martins A F, Reis F, Cardoso P (2018): Azorean Biodiversity Portal. v1.1. Universidade dos Açores. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ipt.gbif.pt/ipt/resource?r=azoresbioportal&v=1.1

Rights

Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Universidade dos Açores. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 24baf0da-60a9-4a13-99d7-a8c860c3cb30.  Universidade dos Açores publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF Portugal.

Keywords

Azores; biodiversity; database; science communication; species distribution; webpage; Observation

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Paulo Alexandre Vieira Borges
Researcher
Azorean Biodiversity Group Rua Capitão João d´Ávila, Pico da Urze 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo Ilha Terceira PT +351 295 402 200
http://gba.uac.pt/member/paulo-a-v-borges
Rosalina Gabriel
Researcher
Universidade dos Açores Rua Capitão João d´Ávila, Pico da Urze 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo Ilha Terceira PT
Ana Maria Arroz
Researcher
Universidade dos Açores Rua Capitão João d´Ávila, Pico da Urze 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo Ilha Terceira PT
http://gba.uac.pt/member/ana-margarida-moura-de-oliveira-arroz
Ana Costa
Researcher
Universidade dos Açores Rua Mãe de Deus 13A 9501-801 Ponta Delgada Ilha de São Miguel PT
Regina Cunha
Researcher
Universidade dos Açores Rua Mãe de Deus 13A 9501-801 Ponta Delgada Ilha de São Miguel PT
Luís Silva
Reseracher
Universidade dos Açores Rua Mãe de Deus 13A 9501-801 Ponta Delgada Ilha de São Miguel PT
Enesima Mendonça
Researcher
Universidade dos Açores Rua Capitão João d´Ávila, Pico da Urze 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo Ilha Terceira PT
António Frias Martins
Reseracher
Universidade dos Açores Rua Mãe de Deus 13A 9501-801 Ponta Delgada Ilha de São Miguel PT
Francisco Reis
Researcher
Universidade dos Açores Rua Capitão João d´Ávila, Pico da Urze 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo Ilha Terceira PT
Pedro Cardoso
Researcher
University of Helsinki P.O. Box 33 (Yliopistonkatu 4) 00014 00014 Helsinki FI

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Paulo Alexandre Vieira Borges
Researcher
Azorean Biodiversity Group Rua Capitão João d´Ávila, Pico da Urze 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo Ilha Terceira PT +351 295 402 200
http://gba.uac.pt/member/paulo-a-v-borges

Who filled in the metadata:

Paulo Alexandre Vieira Borges
Researcher
Azorean Biodiversity Group Rua Capitão João d´Ávila, Pico da Urze 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo Ilha Terceira PT +351 295 402 200
http://gba.uac.pt/member/paulo-a-v-borges

Geographic Coverage

The Azorean Biodiversity Portal shares all the information available on the biodiversity of the Azores, one of the five Macaronesian archipelagos (Madeira, Salvage Islands, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde).

Bounding Coordinates South West [34, -34], North East [42, -20]

Taxonomic Coverage

Lichens, bryophytes, vascular plants, molluscs, arthropods, vertebrates and coastal invertebrates of the Azores archipelago (Portugal, North Atlantic):

Kingdom  Animalia,  Funghi,  Plantae
Phylum  Annelida,  Arthropoda,  Chordata,  Cnidaria,  Echinodermata,  Mollusca,  Nematoda,  Porifera,  Ascomycota,  Basidiomycota,  Deuteromycotas,  Anthocerotophyta,  Bryophyta,  Lycopodiophyta,  Magnoliophyta,  Marchantiophyta,  Pinophyta,  Pteridophyta

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1444-01-01 / 2015-01-01

Project Data

The Azorean Biodiversity Portal (ABP) is an e-infrastructure now associated with Portuguese PORBIOTA and LIFEWATCH.

Title Azorean Biodiversity Portal (ABP)
Funding Data were derived from EU projects INTERREGIII B ATLÂNTICO (2004-2006), BIONATURA (2006-2008), ATLANTISMAR - Mapping coastal and marine biodiversity of the Azores (Ref: M2.1.2/I/027/2011) (2012-2015). The website is currently being funded by Azorean Biodiversity Group (cE3c) (University of Azores) and AZORES2020 -PORBIOTA. PAVB is currently being funded by the project MACDIV (FCT-PTDC/BIABIC/0054/2014) and all the Azorean Biodiversity Group by the project FCT -UID/BIA/00329/2013.
Study Area Description This study covers the Archipelago of Azores, including the marine area.
Design Description There was a data-gathering stage, which comprised both an exhaustive literature review of taxonomic and distributional data, but also data from museum collections (e.g. the University of Azores’ entomological and bryological collections). In fact, data from museum collections are one of the most valuable resources for biodiversity conservation (Soberon ́ et al., 2000) and research in general (Suarez & Tsutsui, 2004). The documents acquired included not only published material but also unpublished BAs, MSc and PhD theses, expert field reports and data from herbaria and animal collections in museums or universities. Data were from the 19th century through to the present day.

The personnel involved in the project:

Principal Investigator
Paulo Alexandre Vieira Borges

Sampling Methods

Data input is complex and requires interpretation and validation by experts at two levels: (i) taxonomic validation, where synonyms are traced and accepted species names are updated (see Borges et al., 2005b, 2010), and (ii) occurrence data evaluation, where each record is classified as secure or doubtful according to the reliability of the source and where the precision of the distribution is qualified (1=very precise locations, usually point UTM data; 2=localities not exceeding 25 km2; 3=imprecise localities; and 4=island occurrence [generally old publications]). All records are linked to the year of observation or collection of the species. Each record has a bibliographic reference attached to it, i.e papers, other publications, expert remarks, etc. All data digitization was performed during 5 years (2004–2008) by five specially trained technicians (i.e. 300 hours per person/month) supported by research grants from the EU INTERREG IIIB and the Azorean Government (Director of the Environment).

Study Extent This study covers the Archipelago of Azores, including the marine area.
Quality Control The dataset included regional experts on each taxonomic group, all data were strictly checked for taxonomic correct-ness (e.g. misidentifications, synonymies) and geographical inaccuracies and errors were corrected (e.g. spelling errors, wrong labels).

Method step description:

  1. The data in this occurrence dataset has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The dataset table contains 2408695 records.

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Borges, P.A.V., Gabriel, R., Arroz, A.M., Costa, A., Cunha, R., Silva, L., Mendonça, E., Martins, A.F., Reis, F. and Cardoso, P., 2010. The Azorean Biodiversity Portal: an internet database for regional biodiversity outreach. Systematics and Biodiversity, 8(4), pp.423-434. DOI: 10.1080/14772000.2010.514306

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers http://ipt.gbif.pt/ipt/resource?r=azoresbioportal
24baf0da-60a9-4a13-99d7-a8c860c3cb30