For more than 20 years, GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—has provided anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth. GBIF has earned the reputation as the “most comprehensive, openly available…access point to known digital species occurrence data.” The interconnected challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change have increased the requirements and urgency for data to inform research, policy and decisions from local to global scales.
GBIF is expanding to include more and varied types of data and improved informatics services in order to supply the biodiversity information that global research and policy require. Our community of people is also growing with new nodes, data publishers and data users. GBIF’s maturity has earned trust from the global community, and with trust comes responsibility and the expectation of leadership. The urgent need for solutions to multiple global crises compels GBIF to build a truly global network of people capable of facilitating the delivery of all potentially available biodiversity data through a proven infrastructure.
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