What is a GBIF Campaign?
Different users of the GBIF network have different interests that require significant volumes of biodiversity data of various types. Given the small size and coordination mandate of the Secretariat, it is not possible for GBIF's central activities to meet all of these needs. However, the interests of various countries and organisations that participate in the GBIF network do coincide with the needs of these user groups.
GBIF has therefore encouraged all parties that are interested in particular areas of concern to come together to design and implement activities that will meet the data needs associated with addressing those concerns. The GBIF information architecture and existing data are the foundation upon which these projects can be built. The data and other capabilities developed during these activities will be openly shared via the GBIF network.
The activities of such a group of users, data providers, and funders are known as a "GBIF Campaign". The intention of the Campaign model is to broaden the capacity and resources available for activities associated with overall GBIF objectives, without constraints imposed by limited Secretariat resources. Thus, Campaigns have a liaison within the GBIF Secretariat, but are led by a GBIF participant. It is intended that Campaign activities after the initial planning stages will be supported by non-GBIF sources of funding.
The four GBIF Campaigns endorsed in 2007
At its 2007 meeting, the GBIF Governing Board endorsed four Campaigns, and awarded 30,000 to each for the planning stage. Of primary importance during that planning stage is of course identifying the fundraising activities that will be undertaken to sustain the Campaign.
The four GBIF Campaigns that are currently underway focus on the following areas of concern:
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