Checklist Recipe - How we created a template to standardize species data

Authors: Peter Desmet, Damiano Oldoni, Lien Reyserhove

"Imagine you are a fish ecologist who compiled a list of fish species for your country. :fish:

Your list could be useful to others, so you publish it as a supplementary file to an article or in a research repository. That is fantastic, but it might be difficult for others to discover your list or combine it with other lists of species. Luckily there’s a better way to publish species lists: as a standardized checklist that can be harvested and processed by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). We created a documented template to do that in R, which recently won the GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge. In this post we explain how we did that and highlight some of the tools we discovered along the way."

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