From 1st April the National Biodiversity Network Gateway is no more, replaced by the NBN Atlas. Based on the pilot Atlas of Living Scotland website, the new Atlas format aims to improve on the familiar (but sometimes rather confusing) NBN Gateway.
For several years GCER has been a Data Provider for the NBN, uploading hundreds of thousands of records at a "public" resolution of 1km grid squares. Anyone could log onto the NBN Gateway and access the data, although they needed to get in touch with GCER if more detailed data access was required.
The new Atlas website differs from the old Gateway in several ways:
- more mobile-friendly and appealing design
- showcases Data Providers and recording schemes
- offers new data analysis and other useful features
- no built-in system for getting more detailed access
Users of the Atlas will need to contact Data Providers directly if they require a higher resolution dataset; all data will be available "as provided" except "sensitive" species, for which the public resolution will automatically be blurred to protect vulnerable species. The vast majority of records, however, will be available at the full resolution they were provided with. GCER will be updating - and adapting, if necessary - all our datasets to make best use of the new format. A full new set of data will be available at the beginning of May.