GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—is an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world's governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth.
GBIF operates through a network of Nodes which coordinates the biodiversity information facilitation of participant countries and organizations, collaborating with each other and the Secretariat to share skills, experiences, and technical capacity. The data are published by many institutions from around the world and include scientific names data, primary distribution and monitoring data on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes. By encouraging and helping institutions to publish data according to common standards, GBIF enables research that could previously not be performed and informs better decisions to conserve and sustainably use the biological resources of the planet.
1. Empower global network
Ensure that governments, researchers, and users are equipped and supported to share, improve and use data through the GBIF network, regardless of geography, language, or institutional affiliation.
2. Enhance biodiversity information infrastructure
Provide leadership, expertise, and tools to support the integration of all biodiversity information as an interconnected digital knowledgebase.
3. Fill data gaps
Prioritize and promote mobilization of new data resources which combine with existing resources to maximize the coverage, completeness, and resolution of GBIF data, particularly with respect to taxonomy, geography, and time.
4. Improve data quality
Ensure that all data within the GBIF network are of the highest possible quality and associated with clear indicators enabling users to assess their origin, relevance, and usefulness for any application.
5. Deliver relevant data
Ensure that GBIF delivers data in the form and completeness required to meet the highest-priority needs of science and, through science, society.