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28. July 2015 - Launch beta-version new GGBN Data Portal

We are happy to inform you, that the beta-version of the new GGBN Data Portal has been launched today at http://data.ggbn.org/ggbn_new. The start page will serve as the new entry point for http://www.ggbn.org.


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This work is part of a running DFG project at BGBM on expanding the existing DNA Bank Network infrastructure into GGBN. We have implemented the new GGBN Data Standard within Darwin Core and ABCD and use a new harvester tool. This harvester (HIT) was developed by GBIF and has been extended by several features within another project at BGBM and can now also be used for GGBN purposes. Therefore we now can handle DarwinCore-Archives in addition to ABCD. Smithsonian and BGBM did the test mappings with DwC-A.

The next release information is planned for October 2015.

15. July 2015 - Royal Museum for Central Africa joins GGBN

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We are pleased to announce that the Royal Museum of Central Africa (RMCA) has joined GGBN as our 34th member. Collections include c. 6700 DNA and 56.000 tissue samples representing 3600 species. For more information about Royal Museum for Central Africa, please visit http://www.africamuseum.be/home

16. June 2015 - Meetings: 2016 GGBN Conference

Please join us for the 2016 GGBN International Conference on Biodiversity Biobanking, to be held at the andel’s Hotel from 21-24 June in Berlin, Germany. The theme for this program will be Meeting the Challenge: How to Preserve a Cross-Section of the Tree of Life. Please see our Conference Flyer attached for your reference.

For more information, please visit our new meeting webpage at: http://meetings.ggbn.org/site/ggbn2016

The Conference Committee welcomes your ideas for sessions and speakers. Suggestions for sessions and speakers can be submitted to ggbn@si.edu through July 14th 2015.

We look forward to seeing you next year in Berlin!

03. June 2015 - Belgian Coordinated Collections of Micro-organisms joins GGBN

We are pleased to announce that the Belgian Coordinated Collections of Micro-organisms (BCCM) has joined GGBN as an observer member. The BCCM collections hold together about 9.900 species (64.000 strains). DNA of these strains can be prepared on request. In addition 3.400 DNA samples representing about 760 microbial species are readily available. For more information about the Belgian Coordinated Collections of Micro-organisms (BCCM), please visit: http://bccm.belspo.be/

15. May 2015 - Meetings: SPNHC 2015

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GGBN members will be participating in the SPNHC 2015 Conference, May 19-23.

http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/spnhc2015/home/

05. May 2015 - Swedish Museum of Natural History joins GGBN

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We are pleased to announce that the Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM) has joined GGBN as an observer member. Collections represent several thousand species with approximately 10,000 DNA and 300,000 tissue samples. For more information about the Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM), please visit: http://www.nrm.se/english.16_en.html

31. April 2015 - Meetings: ISBER 2015

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GGBN members will be participating in the ISBER 2015 Conference, May 5-9 2015.

http://www.isber.org/event/id/464123/ISBER-2015-Annual-Meeting--Exhibits---Phoenix.htm

18. April 2015 - Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz joins GGBN

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We are pleased to announce that the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz (SMNG) has joined GGBN as our 30th member. Collections include 1860 DNA and 2200 tissue samples representing 249 species. For more information about Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz, please visit http://www.senckenberg.de/root/index.php?page_id=5257

01. April 2015 - GGBN March 2015 Newsletter

The GGBN March 2015 newsletter has been released today by the GGBN Communications & Outreach Task Force.

Task Force members and contributors to this newsletter include:

  • Enrique Arbeláez Cortes, Alexander von Humboldt Institute/Colombia
  • Katie Barke, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History/United States
  • Carol Butler, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History/United States
  • Dan Distel, Ocean Genome Legacy/United States
  • Gabi Droege, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem/Germany
  • Chris Lyal, Natural History Museum London/United Kingdom
  • Kakha Nadiradze, Association for Farmers Rights Defense/Georgia
  • Ole Seber, Natural History Museum Copenhagen/Denmark
  • Eva-Maria Sehr, Austrian Institute of Technology/Austria
  • Charlotte Seid, Ocean Genome Legacy/United States
  • Dustin Stonecipher, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History/United States
  • Tina Tennessen, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History/United States

The newsletter is available at: http://ggbn.org/docs/GGBN_March2015_Newsletter_FINAL.pdf

15. March 2015 - Denver Museum of Nature & Science joins GGBN

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We are pleased to announce that The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has joined GGBN as an associate member. Collections represent 326 bird and mammal species with approximately 1,000 DNA and 15,000 tissue samples. For more information about The Denver Museum of Nature & Science, please visit: http://www.dmns.org/


10. February 2014 - Museum für Naturkunde joins the DNA Bank Network/GGBN

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The Museum für Naturkunde is a research museum within the Leibniz Association and one of the most significant research institutions worldwide in biological and geo-scientific evolution research and biodiversity. The museum holds more than 30 million items relating to zoology, palaeontology, geology and mineralogy, which are highly significant for science as well as for the history of science. Among the most spectacular pieces are the Berlin specimen of the primeval bird Archaeopteryx lithographica and the Jurassic dinosaurs from the Tendaguru excavation site. The extensive collections of the Museum are directly linked to research, which is particularly true for its rapidly growing DNA Bank with currently more than 40,000 DNA samples. We are currently working on making this collection available via the GGBN/DNA Bank Network's data portal.

24. January 2014 - Ocean Genome Legacy makes its genomic collection available via GGBN

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Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) announces that a portion of its marine genomic collection of DNA and tissue from more than 20,000 specimens collected from across the world are now accessible via the Global Genome Biodiversity Network’s Data Portal! OGL’s mission is to acquire, a uthenticate, study, preserve, develop, and distribute genetic materials, biological specimens, information, technology, and standards needed to advance basic and applied non-commercial research. By providing secure storage and broad public access to genomic materials and a forum for sharing samples, data, and ideas, the Ocean Genome Resource collection aims to serve as a catalyst for research that can help to protect marine ecosystems and improve the human condition. More vouchered DNA samples will be added to the online portal soon following this successful test case by using BioCASe and ABCDDNA.

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