GBIF task groups

According to its rules of procedure, the GBIF Governing Board may establish and assign responsibilities to ad hoc committees or task groups. The terms of reference, guidelines and budgets for these groups are set by the Governing Board or by the Executive Committee on its behalf.


Current task groups

Task group on accelerating the discovery of bio-collections data

Leonard Krishtalka
Biodiversity Institute

Dyche Hall, Room 602B

1345 Jayhawk Blvd

LawrenceUnited States of America+1 785-864-4540+1 785 864 5335
Eduardo Dalcin
Inst. Pesq. Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

Rua Pacheco Leão 915 Sl 203

Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brazil

Rio de JaneiroBrazil+55 21 3204 2116
Jean Cossi Ganglo
Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques

Université d'Abomey-Calavi
CalaviBenin00229 94578915
Masanori Nakae
Department of Zoology

National Museum of Nature and Science

4-1-1 Amakubo, Tsukuba

Ibaraki 305-0005, Japan
Tsukuba City, IbarakiJapan+81-29-853-8332 5
Ian Owens
Natural History Museum-London

Science Directorate

Cromwell Road
LondonUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland+44 207 942 5299
Deborah Paul
Institute for Digital Information, iDigInfo

Florida State University

Shores Building, Rm 234

142 Collegiate Loop


Florida 32306-2100
Tallahassee, FloridaUnited States of America+1 (850) 644-5775, +1 850-644-6366+1 850-644-9763
Marc Pignal
57 rue CuiverParis 4France+33 1 40 79 33 77 5
Barbara Thiers
2900 Southern Blvd


NY 10458
New YorkUnited States of America+1 718 817 8622
Siro Masinde
Secretariat Lead
Universitetsparken 15CopenhagenDenmark+45 35 32 14 77
Secretariat Lead

Task group on data fitness for use in research into invasive alien species

Melodie McGeoch
School of Biological Sciences
Monash University
Wellington Road
ClaytonAustralia+61 3 990 20464
Quentin Groom
Botanic Garden Meise
Bouchout Domain, Nieuwelaan 38
Meise 1860
Shyama Pagad
University of Auckland
School of Biological Sciences
Centre for Biosecurity and BiodiversityNew Zealand+64210754381
Varos Petrosyan
A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology
Russian Academy of Sciences
33 Leninskij prosp. Moscow 119071
Russia+7 495 952 72 83+7 495 954 55 34
Greg Ruiz
Smithsonian Environmental
PO Box 28
Edgewater, MD 21037
United States+1(443) 482-2227
John Ross Wilson
South African National Biodiversity
Stellenbosch University
Department of Botany & Zoology
Centre for Invasion Biology
Room 2036, Natural Science Building
Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602
South Africa00 27218083408
Dmitry Schigel
Secretariat Lead
Universitetsparken 15CopenhagenDenmark+45 35 32 14 85
Secretariat Lead

Past task groups and reports

Task group on data fitness for use in distribution modeling

Report and recommendations (2016)

Task group on data fitness for use in agrobiodiversity

Report and recommendations (2015)

Task Group on Financial Sustainability 
Report and recommendations (2013): GBIF towards financial sustainability

Content Needs Assessment Task Group
Report and recommendations (2013): Bridging the biodiversity data gaps

Data Publishing Framework Task Group
Report and recommendations (2011): Towards mainstreaming of biodiversity data publishing

Knowledge Organisation Systems Task Group
Recommendations (2011) 

Task Group on the Global Strategy and Action Plan for mobilization of Natural History Collection Data
Recommendations (2010) 

Task Group on Electronic Learning
Report (2010) 

Life Science Identifier - Globally Unique Identifier (LSID-GUID) Task Group
Report and recommendations (2009): Adoption of Persistent Identifiers for Biodiversity Informatics 

Metadata Implementation Framework Task Group
Report (2009)

Multimedia Resources Task Group
Report (2013): Discovery and Publishing of Primary Biodiversity Data associated with Multimedia Resources: The Audubon Core strategies and approaches.
Recommendations (2008) 
Report (2008): Mobilising Multimedia Resources in Biodiversity

Observational Data Task Group
Recommendations (2008)