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Report
GLOBAL
BIODIVERSITY
INFORMATION
FACILITY
Georeferencing
Workshop
Larry Speers
Dec. 5-7, 2006
WWW.GBIF.ORG
Global Biodiversity Information Facility
“Taken collectively, the plant and
animal specimens in the world’s
museum collections combined with
recent observational and monitoring
data provide our most complete
picture of the biological diversity of
the planet.”
Global Biodiversity Information Facility
History of Collections Development
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Collection growth has not been strategic but has been
dependent on the:
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Taxonomic interests of individual staff members
present at any particular time
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Changing emphasis and interests of funding agencies
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Opportunities for staff to participate in various
collecting activities/expeditions
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National interests - changing political situations
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Personal networks of individual staff members for the
exchange of material
Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Impact of Historic Development
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Critical material is often not located in local
collections
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It is impossible to predict the holdings of any
collection either taxonomically, temporally or
geographically.
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Each collection only has a small portion of the
relevant material that is needed to address most
scientific questions.
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Global Biodiversity Information Facility
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Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Why was GBIF established ?
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To make primary scientific data about
biodiversity openly and freely accessible to
everyone, no matter where in the world they
live.
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Calls from governments, industry and the public
for scientific biodiversity information are
increasing steadily.
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Basic biodiversity information is needed for
environmental decision-making, scientific inquiry,
and economic development.
Global Biodiversity Information Facility
GBIF Voting Participants:
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Australia
Belgium
Canada
Costa Rica
Denmark
Equatorial
Guinea
Estonia
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Finland
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New Zealand
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France
Germany
Iceland
Japan
Rep. of Korea
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Mexico
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Netherlands
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Nicaragua
Peru
Portugal
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
UK
USA
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as of 30 Sep 2005
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Global Biodiversity Information Facility
GBIF Associate Participants: 20 countries
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Argentina
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Czech Rep.
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Pakistan
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Austria
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Ghana
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Benin
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Guinea
Papua New
Guinea
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India
Philippines
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Bulgaria
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Cameroon
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Indonesia
Poland
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Slovakia
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Colombia
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Madagascar
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Switzerland
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Morocco
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Tanzania
as of 30 Sep 2005
Global Biodiversity Information Facility
GBIF Associate Participants:
32 International Organisations / Economies
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ARCBC
ASEANET
BGBC
BioNET
BIOSIS
CABI Bioscience
CBOL
EASIANET
European Commission
ETI
Finding Species
FreshwaterLife
IABIN
ICIPE
ICZN
ITIS
as of 30 Sep 2005
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IUCN
NatureServe
NGB
NSCA
OBIS
PBIF
SAFRINET
SBSV
Species 2000
Taiwan
TDWG
UNESCO MAB
UNEP
WDCBE
WFCC
Wildscreen Trust
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Records
Growth of GBIF data
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World data (80 million records)
Exploring biodiversity data
Organisation of biodiversity data:
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Datasets
(taxonomists, naturalists, public, etc.)
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NCL
By taxonomy
By geography
(GBIF participants, public, etc.)
IndOBIS
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By data resources
(GBIF participants, data providers, etc.)
GA000028
GA000027
NBN
Geography
CCWJMP03
BSBIDEMO
BRCCRAY0
Italy
Europe
Belgium
Andorra
INBio
Atta
Congo
Africa
Benin
IHEM
Angola
LMG
BeBIF
MUCL
Xylarium
India
Asia
China
Bangladesh
Annelida
Arthropoda
Animalia
Chordata
Ascomycota Basidiomycota
Fungi
Coniferophyta Equisetophyta
Plantae
Taxonomy

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