Channel Islands Portal

The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (SBBG), is installing a biodiversity data portal to aggregate and expose data about the California Channel Islands. The portal, titled the California Islands Collaborative Portal, will include specimens and observation records from all kingdoms. The Merriam-Powell Center at Northern Arizona University  will utilize Symbiota software to upload occurrence records and associated images on the California Islands Collaborative Portal, and provide support services to promote sustainability for the portals and the data providers beyond funding for the project.

  1. Install a standard design production Symbiota portal for the California Islands Collaborative on a server at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Permissions to set up the portal and remote access to SBBG servers will be set up by TNC.
  2. Set up Google Analytics on the portal.
  3. Provide TNC with the scripts used to limit data to only Channel Islands.
  4. Set up create a second shell Symbiota portal at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden specifically for use by the Garden.
  5. Provide recommendations to TNC-designated Portal Manager on how to maintain the server and content during the period of the contract.
  6. Upload backbone taxonomy for all kingdoms.
  7. Upload datasets from collections identified by the TNC (see below, Phase 1 and Phase 2) and these will exist in separate collections on Symbiota. Data in these collections will only include specimens and observations from the Channel Islands. Contractor will figure out the best methods for filtering datasets prior to upload.
  8. Provide training to TNC-designated Portal Manager via sessions in general portal management, how to update taxonomy, Darwin Core Archive publishing, and data cleaning.