GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—is an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world's governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth.
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The number of peer-reviewed journal articles citing GBIF-mediated data has been steadily growing over the past 10 years. This graph illustrates the growth, also indicating the manner in which papers cite GBIF.
The gold standard and recommended practice for data citations includes a persistent identifier (a digital object identifier or DOI), which a narrow majority of GBIF users follow. GBIF works with authors, editors and publishers to improve the quality of data citations, enhancing reproducibility of scientific analyses and ensuring credit for data publishers.
GBIF hosted portals offer simple, customizable websites that support biodiversity data use and engagement at national, institutional, regional and thematic scales. This service, which Participant nodes and their partners can apply to anytime, lowers the technical demands for delivering relevant biodiversity data to communities around the world.
Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) is a multi-year programme funded by the European Union and led by GBIF with the aim of enhancing capacity for effective mobilization and use of biodiversity data in research and policy in the ‘ACP’ nations of sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
BIFA—the Biodiversity Information Fund for Asia—provides supplementary support for existing activities within the GBIF network, addressing the needs of regional researchers and policymakers through mobilization and use of biodiversity data. The programme is the outcome of a contribution from the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan, earmarked for activities in Asia.
This programme aims to address specific capacity needs identified by GBIF Participants by facilitating collaboration at regional and global levels, providing co-funding for capacity enhancement projects based on combinations of mentoring activities, regional training workshops and documentation.
Funded by FinBIF, the GBIF national node for Finland, this programme supports projects in Russia west of the Ural mountains that both mobilize biodiversity data in European Russia for publication through GBIF.org and promote national training and capacity-building activities around data publishing.