Please note that the first version of this article appeared on NaFIRRI’s website.
NaFIRRI is implementing a project with support from the European Union through the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) to increase capacity for conservation through data mobilization and training. Under the project, research staff at the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI) were trained on how to mobilize data utilizing GBIF data templates, publish and retrieve data available within GBIF. The training that took place from Monday 17th September was an in-house capacity building practice that will see more data made available by scientists working on fish, invertebrates, phytoplankton and water quality.
GBIF provides biodiversity data published by several data holder institutions and NaFIRRI is also a registered data publisher. Data holders publish the data using open access tools and templates which were introduced to participants.
In his remarks, NaFIRRI’s Director of Research at NaFIRRI who was present on the first day of the training challenged the research staff to utilize the opportunity to get out to the world and get to be known by publishing data through the GBIF platform. He noted that many institutions from other countries have published information on Uganda and therefore is a challenge for NaFIRRI to put out to the world the data held for visibility.
Referring to the GBIF report of Uganda, the Director of Research further advised scientists to start using data within GBIF as data use statistics indicated few data users from Uganda with nearly no downloads of data in the last 12 months.
Alice Endra, the senior Information Scientist at NaFIRRI in charge of the Data center who attended the training advised that it is good to publish to share knowledge with a wider audience and increase personal and institutional visibility.