O que é o GBIF?

O GBIF — Sistema Global de Informação sobre Biodiversidade — é uma rede internacional e infraestrutura de dados financiada por governos de todo o mundo, com o objetivo de dar a qualquer pessoa, em qualquer lugar, acesso aberto a dados sobre toda a vida na Terra.


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.

Coordinated through its Secretariat in Copenhagen, the GBIF network of participating countries and organizations, working through the participant nodes, provides data-holding institutions around the world with common standards, best practices and open-source tools enabling them to share information about where and when species have been recorded. This knowledge derives from many different kinds of sources, including everything from museum specimens collected in the 18th and 19th century to DNA barcodes and smartphone photos recorded in recent days and weeks.

The network draws these diverse data sources together through the use of data standards, including Darwin Core, which forms the basis for the bulk of GBIF.org's index of hundreds of millions of species occurrence records. Publishers provide open access to their datasets using machine-readable Creative Commons licence designations, allowing scientists, researchers and others to apply the data in nearly five peer-reviewed publications every day, along with other reports, analyses and policy documents.

Each year, the GBIF Governing Board reviews and approves an annual work programme for the Secretariat that is bounded by a five-year strategic framework.