Biodiversity datasets

Published on
April 13, 2015

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international open data infrastructure. It allows anyone, anywhere to access data about all types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries via the Internet.

GBIF's vision: "A world in which biodiversity information is freely and universally available for science, society and a sustainable future."

GBIF provides a single point of access to more than 500 million records, shared freely by hundreds of institutions worldwide, making it the biggest biodiversity database on the Internet. You can explore them by occurrences, species, datasets and countries. GBIF also offers advices for data publishing via the Internet.

Currently the GBIF has over 14.000 datasets from 650 publishing institutions available for search and access. Datasets in GBIF can either be downloaded freely or on request. In January and February 2015 there have been as many as 13.500 requests for downloads from about 2000 users in over 100 countries. Datasets from GBIF are often cited in peer-review articles.

The database also contains datasets from Wageningen UR, for example the Dutch Vegetation Database (LVD) published by Alterra. All Alterra datasets in GBIF can be found here.

GBIF has a bi-monthly newsletter  and distributes reports with key information on data publication and use on a monthly basis.