BAT is a simple on-line tool that enables the user to undertake basic biodiversity queries. BAT uses a predefined grid to display maps of species richness, endemism and what we have chosen to call taxonomic diversity. BAT has been created as a demonstration project for the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
BAT uses records of species observations and specimens published through the web by GBIF data providers. Because it draws data directly from the data providers, any additions or corrections to the data are soon reflected in BAT’s results.
BAT provides a great opportunity to study the patterns of biodiversity revealed by the increasing range of data available though the GBIF network.
No specialised software is needed to run BAT, so it makes biodiversity information broadly and easily available.