Data publishing is the act of making data available on the Internet, so that they can be accessed, downloaded, analysed and reused by anyone for research or other purposes.
The term is often used interchangeably with 'data sharing', but data publishing implies something more. It is a way of using common practices and standards to make sure that data really can be discovered and reused effectively, and that data owners and custodians get the recognition they deserve for making datasets public.
Since GBIF was established in 2001, data publishing has been at the heart of our activities. This section explains why you should become part of our growing network of data publishers, and how you can go about it.