Global Biodiversity Information Facility

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Global Biodiversity Information Facility

What is GBIF? Presentation

Science Review Compiling the year’s research uses of data accessed through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility 2014 (

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international open data infrastructure, funded by governments.

It allows anyone, anywhere to access data about all types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries via the Internet.

By encouraging and helping institutions to publish data according to common standards, GBIF enables research not possible before, and informs better decisions to conserve and sustainably use the biological resources of the planet.

GBIF operates through a network of nodes, coordinating the biodiversity information facilities of Participant countries and organizations, collaborating with each other and the Secretariat to share skills, experiences and technical capacity.

GBIF's vision: "A world in which biodiversity information is freely and universally available for science, society and a sustainable future."

Some facts about GBIF

  • It provides a single point of access (through this portal and its web services) to hundreds of millions of records, shared freely by hundreds of institutions worldwide, making it the biggest biodiversity database on the Internet.
  • The data accessible through GBIF relate to evidence about more than 1.6 million species, collected over three centuries of natural history exploration and including current observations from citizen scientists, researchers and automated monitoring programmes
  • More than 1,400 peer-reviewed research publications have cited GBIF as a source of data, in studies spanning the impacts of climate change, the spread of pests and diseases, priority areas for conservation and food security. About one such paper is published each day.
  • Many GBIF Participant countries have set up national portals using tools, codes and data freely available through GBIF to better inform their citizens and policy makers about their own biodiversity.

Science Review:  Compiling the year's research uses of data accessed through the GBIF