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GBIF is working with the new open-access Scientific Data journal, from Nature Publishing Group, to enable dataset owners to create peer-reviewed 'data descriptors' using GBIF publishing tools.
Species observations from thousands of scuba divers all over the world are now freely accessible via the GBIF portal.
The new GBIF portal attracted nearly 70,000 visitors during the month since its launch on 9 October, with over 3,000 download requests covering 27 billion records.
This year's GBIF Science Symposium, titled 'GBIF at work - advancing biodiversity science for a sustainable society', showcases key uses of the data made available through the network.
The new GBIF work programme sets out plans to help users assess which data shared through the network are best suited for particular research and policy needs.