Final report of the OECD Megascience Forum Working Group on Biological Informatics that in 1999 recommended the creation of a Global Biodiversity Information Facility.
The 1999 report from the OECD Megascience Forum Working Group on Biodiversity Informatics proposes the formation of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) as the international mechanism needed to make biodiversity data and information openly accessible worldwide.
The Working Group on Biological Informatics was established in 1996. The report was considered at the meeting of the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy at Ministerial Level in June 1999. The Ministers endorsed efforts by interested countries and encouraged initiatives aimed at establishing an international co-ordinating body that would implement a Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)..
OECD (1999) OECD Megascience Working Group - Biological Informatics - Final Report. 74 pp. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Available online at http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/24/32/2105199.pdf.
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