Welcome to the new IBC!

29 Jun 2016 - 10:19 -- Ferran Gil

We are proud to unveil the new and improved IBC website, which is, and will remain, free-access and open to everyone! We hope that you will be happy with the improvements, which you will quickly see for yourself, although here we’ve included a summary of the top benefits and some examples to explore.

But this is only the beginning! With the new IBC now in place, we can concentrate on strengthening and adding to this solid base, always listening to the IBC community and what users are looking for in an ornithological multimedia library. Together we have come a long way and together we will take the project even further! Many thanks for your support and participation.


Top benefits of the new IBC

? In the global search bar, at the top of the site, you can search by species, family or locality name.
  • Example: If you are planning a trip to Oulanka National Park, in Finland, just type “Oulanka” and you’ll quickly find all of the material from that locality.
? On the Explore media page, you can use various filters and sorting options to explore all of the multimedia material on the IBC. You can tailor your results by type of material (photo, videos or sound recording) by families, species and contributors, and even specifying words in the media description.
  • Example: If you want to see photos of Albatrosses displaying, you can get just what you’re looking for in a few clicks.

? In the new species account, there is a world map shaded to show all of the countries with material of that species. Also, you get free access to the full taxonomy and distribution texts of the species on HBW Alive, and there are links to view and filter the photos, videos and sound recordings of the species.
? In the new family account, all of the species are listed with a small illustration from HBW Alive and the number of videos, photos and sound recordings available for each.
  • Example: If you want to see photos of different sandpiper species, just type Scolopacidae in the global search bar and in the resulting family page you’ll see a list of all of the waders. Just click on any species to go to its account!
? You can also enjoy IBC photos with a gallery view or as a slideshow!
  • Example: Enjoy the impressive plumages of Wilson's Bird-of-paradise (Cicinnurus respublica) in its photo gallery!
  • Example: The Helmet Vanga (Euryceros prevostii) slideshow is really spectacular!
? There is now more information available in the new personal Contributor’s Page! You can quickly see the number of countries with material, top localities, latest localities and a world map with all the countries from which the user has material shaded in green. Now it’s possible to perform searches of a specific contributor’s material, choosing if you want to see photos, videos or sounds, filtering by date, words in the title, locality and captive or wild material, and sorting by post date, date taken, taxonomic order, species name or rating. You can also view a list of all the species with records by that contributor, or peruse all of the contributor’s photos in a slideshow or as a photo gallery.
  • Example: You can view the species list of a contributor, which includes all of the species for which he/she has material and number of photos, videos and sound recordings of each; click on any species or material total to explore further.