Ukrainian Biodiversity Information Network (UkrBIN)

A convenient tool for naturalists, a source of data for science

• Online documentation of your own or shared observations
• Management of your checklist
• Determination of species that were observed
• Determination of trophic links
• Explore dynamic maps and charts
• Distribute your observations and join UkrBIN community
• Help biodiversity research and conservation

Review
The interactive program for recording checklists, UkrBIN has improved the way in which the community of naturalists of photo-observers adds and attaches to information about the species of animals and plants. Launched in cooperation with the Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences, UkrBIN provides rich sources of data for basic information on the abundance and occurrence of species in various spatial and temporal scales.
UkrBIN's goal is to maximise the efficiency and availability of a huge amount of observations each year for amateurs and professional biologists. It accumulates a huge amount of information resources on biodiversity. For example, only in May 2017, participants reported more than 16.5 thousand observations in Ukraine!
Observations of each participant are added to those performed by others in the UkrBIN international network of users. UkrBIN then divides these observations with the global community of lecturers, land surveyors, environmentalists and nature guards. Subsequently, these data will form the basis for a better understanding of the distribution of biota throughout Ukraine and beyond.

How does it work?
UkrBIN documents the presence or absence of species, as well as their abundance through data from checklists. A simple and intuitive web interface attracts participants to submit their comments or view results using interactive database queries. UkrBIN encourages users to participate by providing Internet tools that support their own records, enabling them to visualise through interactive maps, charts and histograms. All these features are available in English, Ukrainian and Russian.
Create your own account to upload new photos and datasets or manage UkrBIN content. Using "Add Photo Observation" select photo(s), fill the geographic form: when and where the observation was made, and then press "Add Determination" and fill out the form to identify the taxonomic rank to which you able to do that. In complex cases, experts complete identification and help the observer. Thus, an observer receives a verified identification. UkrBIN provides various options for data collection, including point counting, transect and region search. Automated data filters, developed by regional experts, verify the data coming from users prior the data are incorporated into the general database. Local experts revise unusual submissions marked with filters.

Data Integration
UkrBIN collects data in the form of checklists and identified geotagged photos from observers through portals that are managed and maintained by local experts and amateurs. In this way, UkrBIN cooperates with a community with a high level of expertise in local biodiversity. Portals that co-operate with UkrBIN may have a regional orientation or taxonomic specialisation (carabidae.org, diptera.info), or they may have more specific goals and/or special techniques (plantarium.ru, zin.ru).

Data availability
UkrBIN data is stored safely and archived daily and is accessible through the UkrBIN website and through the international community of biodiversity. For example, UkrBIN data is part of the Catalogue of Life and the Global Information Office on Biodiversity (GBIF). Thus, any contribution to UkrBIN improves our understanding of the distribution, wealth and uniqueness of the biodiversity hotspots on the Earth.

Taxonomic Concept
UkrBIN deals with world biota. To avoid misinterpretation and make our database congruent to the world context we adopt taxonomic backbone of the Catalogue of Life (http://www.catalogueoflife.org/col/search/all) as most consensus and up-to-date taxa tree. More detailed taxonomic arrangement of genera, tribes and subfamilies as in Tree of Life web project (http://tolweb.org/tree/phylogeny.html)

Recommended Citation
UkrBIN. 2017. UkrBIN: Ukrainian Biodiversity Information Network [web application]. UkrBIN, I.I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv. Available: http://www.izan.kiev.ua/ukrbin (Accessed: Date [e.g. June 22, 2017]).

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