The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international open data infrastructure, funded by governments. It allows anyone, anywhere to access data about all types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries via the Internet. By encouraging and helping institutions to publish data according to common standards, GBIF enables research not possible before, and informs better decisions to conserve and sustainably use the biological resources of the planet.
GBIF data portal offers 4 types of search:
Data is shared according to the GBIF Data Use Agreement, which includes the provision that users of any data accessed through or retrieved via the GBIF Portal will always acknowledge the original data publishers.
All may freely access the GBIF data portal, which currently shows more than 650 million occurrences records on 1.6 million species. (6 July 2016)
Aline Van der Werf is the Head of the Belgian Delegation.
André Heughebaert is the Belgian BIF Node Manager.