[COL-Users] COL November Release

Markus Döring mdoering at gbif.org
Fri Nov 6 16:52:12 UTC 2020

Dear COL users,

we have just put live a new November edition of the Catalogue of Life. This monthly update is special for a variety of reasons:

1) It is only available through the new infrastructure, i.e. the COL Portal, API and COL ChecklistBank.
We have stopped converting the data back into the legacy database structure driving the old Annual Checklist (AC) interface.

2) It uses a new set of identifiers. These are still preliminary and under review in this release and will change with the next release due in a few weeks.
With that next release though, they will remain stable and we will then also provide a mapping from the previous hash based identifers.

3) It is exposed for the first time through the new COL Portal which is getting closer to have all major features in place to replace the old AC interface.
It also hosts and gives dynamic access to all previous annual editions with their original interface at that time.

Please consider this still a beta version. There are still many things to improve, but we think this is a first useful version with all essential features in place and we are happy to receive feedback on bugs, missing features or other kind of enhancements. With the next major release we will also move the new software back to the old and final domain catalogueoflife.org<http://catalogueoflife.org> and deprecate catalogue.life.


COL Portal:

COL ChecklistBank


feedback at catalogueoflife.org<mailto:feedback at catalogueoflife.org>

Markus Döring
Software Developer
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
mdoering at gbif.org<mailto:mdoering at gbif.org>

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