The GBIF Secretariat has published its annual report for 2014, describing progress made in meeting the goals of the 2014-2016 work programme.
The publication also outlines key achievements in the GBIF network.
Among the highlights listed in the report are:
New approach to standard licensing of datasets and streamlined process for endorsing data publishers (page 13)
More than 350 peer-reviewed research articles cite use of GBIF as data source (pages 14-15)
Number of species occurrence records accessible via GBIF passes half a billion (page 8)
Agreements in place to enable better citation and persistence of datasets published through GBIF (page 12)
In the foreword to the annual report, the Chair of the GBIF Governing Board Peter Schalk and GBIF Executive Secretary Donald Hobern remark that, “Significant improvements have been made to GBIF’s technical infrastructure, bringing richer access to the wealth of data published throughout the network.
“The volume of data in the network has passed a significant milestone of half a billion records and we have seen steady growth in the number of users accessing these data and acknowledging GBIF data within their publications.
“These are excellent foundations for the remainder of this three-year work programme and for GBIF as it moves into its next phase of operation under a new strategic plan for 2017-2021.”
The 2014 GBIF annual report is available online at http://www.gbif.org/resource/annual_report_2014.