Membership of GBIF: what it involves

With the signature of GBIF's Memorandum of Understanding, the new Participant commits to take all the necessary steps to facilitate publishing and use of biodiversity data within its scope according to GBIF standards. This typically includes investing resources in the targeted mobilization of data, the promotion of data use, the organization of national communities and related activities. This investment is independent of the contributions that Voting Participant countries make to the GBIF core funds.

The GBIF delegation

Each Participant must identify a delegation that will represent it at the GBIF Governing Board. The Head of Delegation (HoD) is the person appointed to lead this group, and will also be the main representative of the Participant between Governing Board meetings. You can find the names and contacts for all GBIF delegates through the Participant list, by clicking on the name of the country or organization.  

The Heads of GBIF delegations are regularly contacted by the Executive Committee and the Secretariat to request specific input, the Participant's position on key topics, and nominations for committee positions and GBIF awards; and to keep them informed on the execution of the GBIF Work Programme.

Biodiversity information facilities and nodes

Participants need to combine a number of elements to contribute fully to GBIF and to benefit from it: a technical infrastructure, a network of engaged data publishers and users, the commitment of policy makers, and mechanisms for representation and coordination to make all this work. 

In the GBIF community, this combination of elements is often termed a biodiversity information facility or BIF.

GBIF's work within a country or organization is coordinated by a Participant node. The node can be an independent entity or part of an institution that deals with biodiversity data management on behalf of the Participant. You can see the institutions currently designated as GBIF nodes by looking at the Participant list

Leading the work of the node is the node manager, who has a dual role. The node manager leads the coordination of data management within the Participant country or organization, and also forms part of the global community of node managers through the Nodes Committee. Nodes usually need a group of three to ten people to perform their work effectively.