Using data

How data accessed through GBIF are used in research and policy

Data applications

An increasing number of biodiversity-related projects and online applications use data mobilized and served through the GBIF network. These applications generally access data through the web services freely available as part of this portal. The list below gives some examples of current projects and websites with 'GBIF inside'. We are always keen to showcase interesting uses of the GBIF data infrastructure, so please contact us if you think your project should be included in this list.

Please remember that while GBIF web services are free for anyone to use, you must abide by the data use agreement including due acknowledgement of GBIF and its contributing publishers.

Examples of applications of GBIF data services

anymals + plants smartphone application, supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, enables users to upload georeferenced wildlife observations via their Android device. Data extracted from GBIF help to provide a list of species users can expect to find in a particular locality, and the project is now publishing data through this portal.

 

 Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD), the platform for DNA-based identification of species, has introduced a 'taxonomy browser' displaying a map of GBIF-served occurrences alongside the distribution of 'barcoded' specimens for more than 170,000 species. This helps to detect outliers and possible extensions to the range of known species.

 

 European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) aims to improve access to data and information on alien species in Europe. It uses GBIF as one of four initial data sources for its map services. The network will support new European Union regulation on invasive alien species.

 

 GenGIS is a bioinformatics application that allows users to combine digital map data with information about biological sequences collected from the environment. In the latest version you can add data directly from GBIF.

 

 iMarine, an initiative co-funded by the European Commission in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), supports the ecosystem approach to fisheries management and the conservation of living marine resources. It uses the D4Science e-infrastructure to share data, software and computing capacity, with GBIF an important source of biodiversity data.

 

 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the global authority on the extinction risk faced by the world's species, now includes occurrence records served through GBIF in its mapping tool, to complement its expert range maps. Click on 'observations' on the map for any species to see the evidence of its occurrence available through GBIF.

 

  Local Ecological Footprinting Tool (LEFT), developed by the Oxford Biodiversity Institute, enables companies or public authorities to visualize the relative ecological importance of a given land area at very fine scale, helping in decisions on siting of new developments. The biodiversity component of the tool is based on modelling of species occurrence records served through GBIF within the same ecological region.

 

Map of Life  is an online resource for mapping, monitoring and analysing biodiversity worldwide. It brings together all types of information about species distributions, provising model-based integration and providing a system for users to build upon existing knowledge. All species occurrence records served through GBIF are among the various data layers included in this project.

 

  rOpenSci has developed a package called rgbif, using the open-source statistical environment R to interface with the GBIF data infrastructure. It aims to help users to model, map and analyse the biodiversity data made available through GBIF's network of publishers.