[API-users] Early access to a new GBIF.org site

Tim Robertson trobertson at gbif.org
Wed Nov 2 10:47:28 CET 2016

Hi all,
Sent to the GBIF API users and EU BON lists for information - sorry if you receive this more than once

I'm happy to let you all know that we recently opened access to a very early version of work which is underway on a new GBIF.org site.

It has limited functionality today, but we've tackled the most challenging issue which is cross content search.  We're also working on making a consistent search experience across the various content types GBIF deal with.

Some examples:

  - Gallery of images associated occurrences in a search result: http://demo.gbif.org/occurrence/gallery?taxon_key=5190137
  - Cross content search: http://demo.gbif.org/search?q=argentina
  - Improved faceted search of occurrences: http://demo.gbif.org/occurrence/search?month=5&taxon_key=3026341
  - Consistent search of species: http://demo.gbif.org/species/search?q=flabellina
  - Revision to the general news details visuals: http://demo.gbif.org/data-use/newsroom/uses/2015-feuda-et-al
  - Revised occurrence detail pages: http://demo.gbif.org/occurrence/1233599085
  - Work in progress on dataset detail pages: http://demo.gbif.org/dataset/7bd65a7a-f762-11e1-a439-00145eb45e9a
  - A homepage which is yet-to-be designed, but with a simple search: http://demo.gbif.org

The menu structure is provisional now, as is the majority of the styling (much of which needs revision) but I hope this helps give a sense of the direction.  We aim to have this near completion by the end of 2016.

There are several pages that have begun but are not ready yet, including the species detail page, and the country / participant pages.

There will also be a revision to maps to include (just demos with example styling here):
  http://api.gbif-uat.org/v2/map/demo1.html (pixel maps)
  http://api.gbif-uat.org/v2/map/demo2.html (hexagon binning)
  http://api.gbif-uat.org/v2/map/demo6.html (CartoCSS styling example)
  http://tinyurl.com/gbif-arctic-html (arctic projection - we support WGS84 (EPSG:4326), Arctic (3575), Antarctic (3031) and Mercator (3857)
  http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbif-demo/animalia-time.html  (year resolution data on the maps instead of decade)
  http://api.gbif-uat.org/v2/map/debug (diagnostic view, which shows the vector tile format, for browser side rendering)

All of this work in the mapping API is to set GBIF up to implement the species trends for all species (currently demo'ed for Lepidoptera only):

[Maps are the only /v2 API change, and we'll shortly document the changes and will also continue to support /v1 maps in the API.  v2 maps have all basisOfRecord, multiple projections, year resolution, and hexagon binning and will be available as PNGs and as Mapbox Vector Tile format]

Once those developments are included in a forthcoming release we'll enable the feedback functions and then iterate over the developments releasing regularly with updates.

The work is on GitHub [1], and primarily developed in Node with AngluarJS using the GBIF APIs.  We will be deploying all of this on HTTPS and are exploring HTTP2 now to increase performance.

Many thanks,
[1] https://github.com/gbif/portal16

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