Using data through GBIF
GBIF has established itself as an essential infrastructure underpinning science and policy related to biodiversity. This is demonstrated by the growing volume of peer-reviewed research using data discovered and accessed through GBIF.
Since 2008, more than 850 research papers in academic journals have cited use of GBIF-mediated data, and the number has been rising year by year. This is the strongest possible demonstration of the return on investment that GBIF Participant countries and organizations have made since 2001, building the GBIF informatics infrastructure and mobilizing data accumulated over 300 years of biological exploration of the planet.
The Secretariat constantly scans the scientific literature to identify and tag GBIF-relevant research, and a searchable archive is freely available through the Mendeley GBIF Public Library. You can find publications authored from your own country by clicking on the Publications tab of the relevant country page, accessible from here.
For examples of some interesting uses of GBIF-mediated data, visit our Featured data use section where the research is simply described, and you can find links to relevant biodiversity data served through this portal. You can also consult our annual GBIF Science Review and bimonthly Science Supplement accompanying the GBits newsletter.
We are aware that many relevant uses of GBIF may be missed in our literature searches, so please get in touch if you know of an interesting example.
Peer-reviewed research citing use of biodiversity data accessed through GBIF
Most recent 3 publications in this category:
- Quantifying and mapping ecosystem services: Demand and supply of pollination in the European Union. Schulp, C. et al. Ecological Indicators, Volume: 36(2014)
- Integrating Open Access Geospatial Data to Map the Habitat Suitability of the Declining Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra). Abdi, A. [Pending journal name], Volume: 2(4), (2013)
- Rapid lizard radiation lacking niche conservatism: ecological diversification within a complex landscape. Ahmadzadeh, F. et al. Journal of Biogeography, Volume: 2(4), (2013)
From the other tabs in this section, you can get more information about:
- Science relevance areas, outlining how GBIF-mediated data are being used in research relating to key areas such as invasive species, impacts of climate change, conservation, agriculture, human health and knowledge about species distributions;
- Methods of using data accessed through GBIF, summarizing some key methodologies including species distribution modelling, taxonomic identification and ecological biogeography;
- Applications using the GBIF data infrastructure in a growing number of projects and online tools
- Policy relevance of the GBIF data infrastructure, supporting other global efforts such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (including the Aichi Targets), the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observations Network (GEO BON).