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GBIF Publishes New Guide for Creating National Species Checklists

October 2012: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has released a report providing guidance for policy and procedures relating to accessing and capturing information for national species checklists. Noting that such checklists are invaluable resources for research and biodiversity-related activities, the report says they should be integrated, coordinated and disseminated from a single platform and compiled by expert taxonomists, but this is not always the case.

The report, titled "Best Practice Guide for Compiling, Maintaining and Disseminating National Species Checklists," was produced by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) through funding from GBIF.

The report highlights that national policy and procedures should be documented for compiling and maintaining national checklists of species in order to standardize and show what is included. A core set of fields for national checklists should also be present. Finally, the report notes that the format in which the checklist is disseminated should allow searching using different criteria, and should also enable download of datasets. [Publication: Best Practice Guide for Compiling, Maintaining and Disseminating National Species Checklists]