Resources for the GBIF network to use in association with the upcoming big data milestone

The GBIF Secretariat is pleased to provide the Participants and nodes of the GBIF network the following resources to assist them in marking and celebrating the achievement of 1 billion species occurrence records.

We currently expect that GBIF.org will reach 1 billion records during the first half, possibly even the first quarter, of 2018. However, the communications team in Copenhagen will prepare materials and conduct media outreach in advance of reaching that milestone.

Comments? Questions? Interest in coordinating your own activities marking #GBIF1billion?

Write to the communications team

#GBIF1billion campaign goals

  • Build awareness in new audiences
  • Align existing perceptions with current status and achievements
  • Promote network innovations in the mobilization, delivery, use and citation of open data
  • Emphasize impacts on scientific research and policy

Social media

GBIF’s presence on social media

  • Twitter: @GBIF and #GBIF1billion
  • Facebook: GBIFnews
  • LinkedIn: group and page
  • YouTube
  • Vimeo

We have also prepared a draft social media calendar: comments, additions and suggestions, welcome!

Resources for #GBIF1billion

  • Talking points / key messages
  • Customizable press release
    • DRAFT: English, available upon request
    • Spanish (forthcoming)
    • French (forthcoming)
    • Russian (forthcoming)
    • Simplified Chinese (forthcoming)
    • Traditional Chinese (forthcoming)
    • Arabic (forthcoming)
    • Portuguese (forthcoming)
    • Dutch (forthcoming)
  • Infographics
    • Data mobilization / availability
    • Data use
    • Customizable and translatable country profiles
  • ‘Library of life’ video, produced by SiB Colombia and GBIF Spain (licensed under CC BY):
    • YouTube: Original Spanish audio with EN, FR, PT, ZH-HANT subtitles
    • Vimeo: Original Spanish audio with EN, FR, PT, ZH-HANT subtitles
    • YouTube: ‘Englishes’ audio with ES, FR, PT, ZH-HANT subtitles (coming soon)
    • Vimeo: ‘Englishes’ audio with ES, FR, PT, ZH-HANT subtitles (coming soon)
  • Photo galllery: preselected set of CC-licensed images representing all major taxa drawn from GBIF-mediated occurrences with ready-made captions and creditlines
  • Publishers map
  • Logos

Supporting stories


  • FAIR-est of them all? Tracking data reuse by linking citations to datasets and publishers
  • Invasives checklists
  • GBIC2


  • BID (selected projects)
  • Southern Africa Bird Atlas


  • Post-Fukushima wildlife monitoring
  • TBD


  • Linking species occurrence and genomic data via OTUs (Linneaus + sequences)
  • citsci through big-volume volunteer networks?

Latin American and the Caribbean

  • Columbia: Proyecto BIO
  • Tracking invasives in Caribbean (lionfish looks great on timeslider)

North America

  • eBird
  • big digitization project in Canada


  • Living Atlases
  • BID invasives in Pacific