[Ala-portal] Populating portal for a country

David.Martin at csiro.au David.Martin at csiro.au
Wed Jun 10 17:24:09 CEST 2015

Thanks Nicolas.

1) My understanding is the GBIF API has been bombarded recently and they have now put in place a limit of the number of concurrent downloads to 3. The collectory currently attempts 10 download at a time - hence our problem.
We’ll try and push out an update to fix this very soon.

2) ALA initially wrote this bootstrapping tool to demonstrate the system (the system isn’t much good without data:) ). I think it has now reached some level of maturity and we should remove that text.

3) The metadata that comes across is pretty limited I agree, and we’d welcome some contributions to improving the level of metadata that is retrieved and then pulled into the collectory for display.
The metadata (retrieved from the EML documents in the DwC-A files) is currently updated each time a dataset is reloaded from GBIF. We are using the UUIDs that GBIF has for datasets to avoid creating duplicate resources.
Hence you can reload datasets without issues.

Hope this helps,

Dave Martin

On 10 Jun 2015, at 1:59 pm, Nicolas Noé <n.noe at biodiversity.be<mailto:n.noe at biodiversity.be>> wrote:

Hi all,

I'm trying to set-up an experimental instance of ALA for Belgium. The idea is to present all data published by our belgian institutions, in order to give those institutations / collections / datasets more visibility.

What's the recommended way to load this data (everything at GBIF published by Belgian institutions). I used the "Add all GBIF resource for a country" from the Collectory admin interface, but

1) I encountered some errors. All datasets detected correctly, but only 10 are loaded - for the rest I get the message "Failed. Please check your authentication credentials are valid". The authentication credentials are indeed correct, since I only entered once (so, also for the working dataset). When looking at my downloads on the GBIF website, I can see no track those "failed" datasets. Can I get debugging information ? Should I fill a bug report ? In the ala-collectory repository ? Or some other ?

2) Also, the /collectory/manage/gbifLoadCountry pages states that "This is a simple method of bootstrapping an installation with data provided by GBIF web services. This is not intended for long-term production use.". So maybe I should use another method to load all the data for my country.

3) How are the (dataset) metadata populated when using this method ? It seems the basic metadata is there, but not much more. Should we do it by hand ? Should we write a tool to do it ? How about updates?

Thanks a lot!
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