In Establishing an Effective GBIF Participant Node Concepts and general considerations, a GBIF Participant node is defined as
a team designated by a Participant to coordinate a network of people and institutions that produce, manage and use biodiversity data, collectively building an infrastructure for delivering biodiversity information. They are supported by organizational arrangements and informatics solutions, working to improve the availability and usefulness of biodiversity data for research, policy and decision-making.
Since 2008, the GBIF network has cultivated collaboration between its designated national and thematic nodes by creating and strengthening six regional networks in Africa, Asia, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and Oceania.
In 2011, the GBIF Governing Board approved the establishment of the Nodes Steering Group, which includes representatives from each of the regional networks.
- Establishing an Effective GBIF Participant Node Concepts and general considerations
- Guiding examples documenting success stories that others can learn from in establishing or developing a node
- Capacity enhancement framework
- Nodes discussion forum (approved node staff members only)
- Capacity self-assessment
- eLearning training module
News and events
- CESP call for proposals: deadline 2 February 2020
- 2019 report on Global Nodes Training
- 2019 Global Nodes Training event page, including links to presentations and photos
- Oceania regional meeting: location and dates TBD
- North American regional meeting: The Field Museum, Chicago, 5-7 May 2020
- European regional meeting: National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg, May 2020
- Latin American and Caribbean regional meeting: location and dates TBD
- Asian regional meeting: location and dates TBD
- African regional meeting: Togo, dates TBD