This was the 2009 Regional Meeting of GBIF Participant Nodes in North America hosted by the United States Geological Survey - National Biological Information Infrastructure
The meeting brought together around 50 representatives from the US and Canadian Nodes, as well as participants from Associate
international organisations based in the region, including DiscoverLife, the Encyclopedia of Life (EoL), the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL), the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN), the Natural Science Collection Alliance (NSCA), NatureServe, the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC), and the
Taxonomic Databases Working Group (TDWG). A training session on the Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT) was also scheduled during the meeting.