Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Global Biodiversity Information Facility - GBIF - enables free and open access to biodiversity data online. GBIF is an international government-initiated and funded initiative focused on making biodiversity data available to all and anyone, for scientific research, conservation and sustainable development.
GBIF provides three core services and products:
- An information infrastructure: an Internet-based index of a globally distributed network of interoperable databases that contain primary biodiversity data – information on museum specimens, field observations of plants and animals in nature, and results from experiments – so that data holders across the world can access and share them
- Community-developed tools, standards and protocols: the tools data providers need to format and share their data
- Capacity-building: the training, access to international experts and mentoring programs that national and regional institutions need to become part of a decentralised network of biodiversity information facilities.
Mr Martin Pueschel , Scientific Illustrator