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Global Biodiversity Information Facility

The mission of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is to make the world's primary data on biodiversity freely and universally available via the Internet. The GBIF vision is that it will contribute to economic growth, ecological sustainability, social outcomes and scientific research by increasing the utility, availability and completeness of primary scientific biodiversity information available on the Internet.

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GBIF Secretariat, Universitetsparken 15
Copenhagen , 2100
Contact Person: Meredith A. Lane
Phone: 45 3532 1484
Fax: 45 3532 1480
E-Mail: mlane@gbif.org
Website: http://www.gbif.org

Detailed Information:
Functionally, GBIF encourages, coordinates and supports the development of worldwide capacity to access the vast amount of biodiversity data held in natural history museum collections, libraries and databanks. Near term GBIF developments will focus on species and specimen-level data.

Technically, GBIF is evolving to be an interoperable network of biodiversity databases and information technology tools using web services and Grid technologies. In the near term, GBIF will provide a global metadata registry of the available biodiversity data with open interfaces. Anyone can then use it to construct thematic portals and specilised search facilities.

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