Regional collaboration in GBIF

Since 2008, the GBIF network has focused on developing regional collaboration among Participant nodes, including regional strategic plans relating to biodiversity data. This has led to a more formalized process of creating and strengthening regional networks, with the ability to share technologies and joint strategies for targeted mobilization and use of biodiversity data.

In 2011, the GBIF Governing Board approved the setting up of a Nodes Steering Group with representatives drawn from six regions:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • North America
  • Oceania

Regional representatives are elected from among six regional subcommittees of the GBIF Participant Nodes Committee and serve two-year terms. In principle, GBIF will assign each Participant to a particular region as it becomes a member in GBIF.

Held annually or in alternate years, regional meetings help Participants to focus on common tasks, set regional priorities, and stimulate specialization within the region.

Highlights of regional activities including events, data mobilization and research examples are included in the GBIF Annual Report.

Regional node representatives

Contact details for the members of the Nodes Steering Group including the regional nodes representatives:

Stephen Wilkinson
Monkstone House, City Road Peterborough United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland +44 1733 866865 +44 1733 555948
Hulda Gideon
TanBIF Node Manager
P.O. Box 4302 Dar es Salaam Tanzania +255 22 2775313
Regional Node Representative - Africa
Tsuyoshi Hosoya
Senior Curator
Department of Botany National Science Museum Amakubo 4-1-1 Tsukuba, Ibaraki Japan
Regional Node Representative - Asia
André Heughebaert
IT engineer
Belgian Science Policy Avenue Louise 231 Louizalaan Brussels Belgium +32(0)2 238 3796
Regional Node Representative - Europe
Luiz Manoel Rocha Gadelha Junior
Intermediate Technologist/System Architect
National Laboratory for Scientific Computing Av. Getúlio Vargas, 333, Sala 2C-13 - Quitandinha Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro Brazil +55-24-2233-6296
Regional Node Representative - Latin America
Robert Hanner
Associate Professor-North American Nodes Representative
Centre for Biodiversity Genomics University of Guelph 50 Stone Road East Guelph, Ontario Canada +1 519 8244120 extension 53479
Regional Node Representative - North America
Alex Asase
Principal Investigator on the Ghana Biodiversity Informatics Project
Department of Botany University of Ghana P. O. Box LG 55, Legon Accra Ghana +233244128800
Ex-officio member (Nodes Committee Vice Chair)
Manuel Vargas
UEA de Bioinformática, INBio Apdo. Postal 23-3100 Santo Domingo de Heredia Costa Rica (506) 507-8177 (506) 507-8274
Ex-officio member (Nodes Committee Vice Chair)
pending appointment
Regional Node Representative - Oceania