A young and emerging GBIF node, The Nigerian Biodiversity Information Facility (NgBIF) is being established to enable greater access and use of biological collections. Currently lacking adequate information, technology, experience and best practices in the biodiversity information facility’s activities, there are still hurdles to overcome to support national data holders in managing their data, promoting incentives for data publishing and ensure a smooth-running GBIF node.
This project supports an opportunity for guidance and knowledge exchange from GBIF Benin and GBIF France. Through close-mentoring offered by established nodes, the project team will identify and address national partner requirements in Nigeria. Tailored guidance will provide NgBIF with training on governance issues, data publishing processes in the international GBIF platform, and incentives to publishers.
The mentoring process will evaluate contents to be addressed during meetings, the focus and themes, as well as other logistical matters. Locally, the project is working with partners from South West, South East and North Central areas to support the user community, while seeking to expand to the wider region of the North West of the country.