Participation

Member Status

Voting Participant

GBIF Participant since

2001

GBIF Region

Europe

Head of Delegation

Leif Schulman

Participant Node Manager

Hanna Koivula

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History 

The GBIF Participant node for Finland is currently integrated into the Finnish Museum of Natural History. All technical development is executed by the ICT-team at the museum. The cross-governmental Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility (FinBIF) species gateway was established during a meeting in 2012. Representatives of 22 organizations present expressed support for forming FinBIF as a national virtual organization. No funding has been acquired for proceeding with this decision.

Vision and Mission 

The aim of FinBIF is to coordinate the collection, analysis, reporting and archivial of all kinds of biodiversity related information in Finland. Participation will include both governmental and non-governmental organizations producing or using such data.

Structure 

The node has a minimal formal organizational structure. The Head of Delegation for Finland is the director of the Finnish Museum of Natural History and the node manager is a member of the ICT-team of the museum, with affiliation as data manager. The node does not have a separate board or steering committee, but is under the guidance of the board of the Finnish Museum of Natural History with core funding coming from the museum budget. Some external GBIF activities have been developed with EU-funded projects (OpenUp! & BalticDiversity).

National Funding 

The Finnish node is integrated into the Finnish Museum of Natural History.

The basic financial contribution to GBIF is covered by Academy of Finland, which is an agency within the administrative branch of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.

Contacts

Leif Schulman
Director
Finnish Museum of Natural HistoryFinnish Museum of Natural History PO Box 1700014 HelsinkiFinland+358-50-5487692
Head of Delegation
Hanna Koivula
Finnish Museum of Natural HistoryFinnish Museum of Natural History PO Box 17 FIN-00014 HelsinkiFinland+358-50-4154850
Additional Delegate
Hannu Saarenmaa
Research Director
Digitisation Centre of the Finnish Museum of Natural History and University of Eastern FinlandDigitisation Centre of the Finnish Museum of Natural History and University of Eastern Finland P.O. box 111FIN-80101 JoensuuFinland
Additional Delegate
Mari Walls
Finnish Environment Insitute (SYKE)Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) Marine Research Centre Mechelininkatu 34a P.O. Box 140FI-00260 HelsinkiFinland
Additional Delegate
Hanna Koivula
Finnish Museum of Natural HistoryFinnish Museum of Natural History PO Box 17 FIN-00014 HelsinkiFinland+358-50-4154850
Node Manager

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