The Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre (NBIC) added 3.5 million observation records to the Norwegian Species Observation Service dataset in December, bringing the total number of records in the dataset to nearly 11 million.
The dataset’s dynamic growth is due in large part to Norway’s Artsobservasjoner portal, which gathers observations from 9,000 volunteers, who report an average of 5,000 observations each day. Artsobservasjoner currently holds 12 million records on over 14,000 species, along with more than a quarter million images. These data feed into the Species Map Service, which shares more than 19 million species occurrence records related to over 31,000 species, provided by 34 Norwegian source institutions.
National and regional agencies, county governors, municipalities, private companies and scientific institutions use these data extensively. NBIC expects a continued steady increase in species reporting and publishing through GBIF.org this year.
Dag Endresen, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo
Nils Valland, Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre