Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
Free access to worldwide biodiversity data.
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international initiative that aims to make scientific data and information relating to biodiversity available worldwide, free of charge and long-term, in digital form on the Internet.
GBIF mainly supplies scientific data on biodiversity from over 1.7 billion documents in natural history research collections around the world. This data is being carefully supplemented by a growing volume of observed data.
Almost 100 nations and international organisations have so far joined the GBIF initiative. The volume of data on biological diversity that can be accessed through the GBIF-Portal has increased to over 1 billion records from over 1 300 data providers.
Germany supports the initiative since 2001 by paying an annual membership fee. As of 2007 the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) funds 50% of the yearly contributions.
GBIF in Germany
Germany is one of the founder members of the GBIF. Under the lead management of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), 8 GBIF nodes have been set up in Germany based around large organism groups. These nodes aim to coordinate the electronic recording of the data available in Germany on the various organism groups and to ensure that it is fed into the GBIF information system.
The longer-term maintenance of the national GBIF structure that has been established must be achieved by gradually institutionalising the relevant tasks. It will only be possible to carry the existing tasks out satisfactorily in the medium term if the GBIF is to be seen as a national task in which the relevant federal and state departments, and the funding institutions, database operators and collection owners get actively involved.
The BMBF is giving the GBIF approx. 24.5 million euros in the period 2001 to 2021.
On behalf of the BMBF (department "Globale Change - Climate, Biodiversity") the division Environment and Sustainability in DLR Project Management Agency (DLR-PT) attends functionally and administrative to the funding measure Global Biodiversity Information Facility.