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Data Hosting Centres
Table of Contents
- Data Hosting Centre Criteria
- Data Hosting Centres by Theme
- Data Hosting Centres by Country
A data hosting centre (DHC) can provide you with an account on their IPT, allowing you to manage your own datasets, and publish them through GBIF.org.
Using a DHC is highly recommended because it will save you time and money setting up your own IPT instance, and you can receive helpdesk support in your own language.
Please use this page to discover a trusted DHC by country or by theme that is right for you. If no appropriate DHC exists, or the DHC doesn't reply promptly to your inquiry, please contact the GBIF Helpdesk for assistance.
Please note that to qualify as a trusted DHC, the centre must meet a strict set of criteria. Like so, you can trust the DHC will keep their IPT online near 100% of the time, and they will ensure that your dataset gets backed up.
Data Hosting Centre Criteria
A DHC must meet the following set of strict requirements in order to be recommended to publishers:
- Their IPT is online near 100% of the time
- They can properly administer their IPT:
- Keeping it up-to-date with latest version
- Ensuring the IPT data directory gets regularly backed-up
- Managing user accounts
- Managing IPT cores and extensions
- They have a proven track-record of hosting data for publishers in their country
- They can provide prompt and knowledgeable helpdesk support:
- They know how to use the IPT to publish data through GBIF.org
- They know about biodiversity data standards in general
- They know how to publish data papers
If you believe your DHC meets these standards, and would like to offer your services to publishers in your country, please email email@example.com.
Data Hosting Centres by Theme
Data Hosting Centres by Country
- Burkina Faso
- South Africa
Designates a country with an IPT serving as a repository, able to assign DOIs to datasets underlying scientific publications in journals such as Scientific Data.
The ALA IPT is recognized as a repository in FAIRSharing.org. An increasing number of journals refer authors to an appropriate repository in FAIRSharing.org in order to ensure data underlying scientific publications gets deposited in a standardized manner.
The Belgium Biodiversity Platform provides helpdesk support to publishers in Belgium and hosting support for datasets on the Belgian BIF IPT. Please contact André Heughebaert firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. The Belgian Biodiversity platform shares their IPT with the following organisations:
- Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
- University of Liège
- Botanical Garden Meise
- Service Public de Wallonie – Département d’Etude du Milieu Naturel et Agricole (SPW – DEMNA)
- University of Mons-Hainaut
- Université Libre de Bruxelles
- Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium
- Ghent University
- Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
The Belgian Biodiversity Platform also hosts an IPT for each of these countries/institutions:
The Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) also provides IPT hosting support for datasets originating from the Flemish region. The INBO is sharing their IPT instance with these organisations:
The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is hosting a server with multiple IPT installations for VLIZ, OBIS & EMODnet Biology at http://ipt.vliz.be. Publishers of marine data should refer to the section Marine Data.
The Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility (CBIF) does not run an IPT.
Therefore you are recommended to contact Canadensys, which provides helpdesk support to new publishers in Canada, and hosting support for datasets on the Canadensys IPT. Please contact Canadensys email@example.com for assistance.
The Canadensys IPT is recognized as a repository in FAIRSharing.org. An increasing number of journals refer authors to an appropriate repository in FAIRSharing.org in order to ensure data underlying scientific publications gets deposited in a standardized manner.
The Colombian Biodiversity Information System (SiB Colombia) provides helpdesk support to new publishers in Colombia, and hosting support for datasets on the SiB Colombia IPT. Please contact SiB Colombia firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The SiB Colombia IPT is recognized as a repository in FAIRSharing.org. An increasing number of journals refer authors to an appropriate repository in FAIRSharing.org in order to ensure data underlying scientific publications gets deposited in a standardized manner.
The Danish Biodiversity Information Facility (DanBIF) provides helpdesk support to new publishers in Denmark, and hosting support for datasets on the DanBIF IPT. Please contact DanBIF email@example.com for assistance.
The Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility (FinBIF) provides helpdesk support to new publishers in Finland, and hosting support for datasets on the Digitarium IPT. Please contact the Digitarium firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
GBIF France provides helpdesk support to new publishers and hosts an IPT for each of these countries:
- Botswana IPT - Note Botswana is not a GBIF Participant
- Burkina Faso IPT - Note Burkina Faso is not a GBIF Participant
- Cameroon IPT - Note Cameroon is not a GBIF Participant
- INPN IPT
- Gabon IPT - Note Gabon is not a GBIF Participant
- GBIF Benin IPT
- GBIF France IPT
- GBIF Guinea IPT
- GBIF Nigeria IPT
- GBIF Togo IPT
- GBIF Uganda IPT
- Ghana BIF IPT
- Ivorian Coast IPT - Note Ivory Coast is not a GBIF Participant
- MadBIF IPT
- Senegal IPT - Note Senegal is not a GBIF participant
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) provides helpdesk support to new publishers in South Africa, and hosting support for datasets on the SANBI IPT. Please contact email@example.com for assistance.
The GBIF Spain IPT is recognized as a repository in FAIRSharing.org. An increasing number of journals refer authors to an appropriate repository in FAIRSharing.org in order to ensure data underlying scientific publications gets deposited in a standardized manner.
The Taiwan Biodiversity Information Facility (TaiBIF) provides helpdesk support to new publishers in Taiwan, and hosting support for datasets on the TaiBIF IPT. Please contact Chihjen Ko firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The iDigBio IPT provides helpdesk support to new data publishers in the US, and data publishing resources for datasets needing data mobilization support. Please contact the Joanna McCaffrey at email@example.com for assistance.
VertNet provides helpdesk support to institutions that have vertebrates among one or more of the data sets they want to publish. In other words, if the institution is interested in publishing vertebrate data sets (whether specimens or observations), VertNet will help with publishing all of their data sets. This promotes efficiency when providing and maintaining support to the institution.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) provides helpdesk support to new publishers in the United States partnered or affiliated with the USGS or the U.S. Federal Government, and hosting support for datasets on the USGS BISON IPT. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Also note the USGS hosts IPTs for the following organisations/resources:
- Ocean Biogeographic Information System USA - OBIS-USA
- Non-indigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) information resource for the USGS
- USGS Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) IPT
Biofresh provides data hosting and helpdesk support to publishers of freshwater data around the globe on the Biofresh IPT, hosted by the Belgium Biodiversity Platform. Biofresh is an EU-funded international project that aims to build a global information platform for scientists and ecosystem managers with access to all available databases describing the distribution, status and trends of global freshwater biodiversity. BioFresh integrates the freshwater biodiversity competencies and expertise of 19 research institutions.
OBIS provides data hosting and helpdesk support to publishers of marine data around the globe. EurOBIS/Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) hosts multiple IPT installations discoverable at http://ipt.vliz.be/ on behalf of various OBIS Nodes. Currently, there are more than 20 OBIS Nodes around the world connecting 500 institutions from 56 countries.
VertNet provides data hosting and helpdesk support to publishers of vertebrate specimen and observation data. Hosted data can be seen on the VertNet IPT. Please contact David Bloom email@example.com for assistance.
By becoming certified, repositories can demonstrate to both their users and their funders that an independent authority has evaluated them and endorsed their trustworthiness. The World Data System (WDS) and the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) have merged their data repository certifications into a set of harmonized common requirements for certification of repositories named the Core Trustworthy Data Repositories (Core TDR) Requirements. The Core certification requires a data repository supply evidence that they are sustainable and trustworthy. A repository first conducts an internal self-assessment, which is then reviewed by community peers. More information about the certification process can be found here.