Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Free and open access to biodiversity data

Eulalia microphylla Schmarda, 1861 observed in New Zealand. CC BY-NC 2016 Ryan Brooks via iNaturalist

What is GBIF?

GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—is an open-data research infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere to access data about all types of life on Earth.

Coordinated through its Secretariat in Copenhagen, the GBIF network of member states and organizations—formally known as Participants—provides data-holding institutions around the world with common standards and open-source tools that enable them to share information about where and when species have been recorded.


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What is GBIF?

A world in which biodiversity information is freely and universally available for science, society and a sustainable future.

A tool for science and society

Data discovered and accessed through GBIF are being used in many areas of scientific research and decision making. The GBIF network thus supports international policies and responses to key targets that seek to stop the loss of biodiversity.

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A connected community

GBIF’s Participants collaborate by sharing skills, experience and technology to mobilize and use data about biodiversity for the public good.

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A window on biodiversity

Data published through the GBIF network describe where and when hundreds of millions of individual organisms have been observed or collected, helping countries to unlock knowledge about their own biodiversity from around the world.

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An informatics infrastructure

GBIF encourages adoption and use of agreed, community-built data standards and informatics tools. This enables anyone to discover and use thousands of datasets of many different types and coming from all over the world.

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