Navigation Links
GBIF sets goal of mobilizing 1 billion records by end of 2008
Date:11/19/2007

To increase depth and breadth of coverage, applicability and usefulness of the biodiversity data it mediates, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has set a goal of making one billion (1,000,000,000) high quality data records available via its data portal by December 2008.

GBIF calls on holders of such data around the world to prioritise digitising and sharing their data to deepen and broaden biodiversity data coverage of the whole globe available through the GBIF network.

There is a worldwide call for more information on the world's biodiversity to be made digitally available so it may be used to understand better the state of the planet and our management thereof. One such key area is monitoring and measuring the impacts of changes in climate on the Earth's flora and fauna and thus on human well-being and sustainable development. This call comes from all sectors of society - governments, industry, academia, and civil society.

GBIF is the world's largest network for scientific biodiversity data, currently giving access to approximately 136 million digital records held in over 1000 databases worldwide.

"Our new Data Portal, especially with some upcoming enhancements, is ready to handle huge amounts of data," said Dr. Nick King, Executive Secretary of GBIF. "In addition, we are moving rapidly to a more decentalised model to build capacity and access in individual countries. We are calling for biodiversity data providers everywhere to take advantage of the infrastructure we have built to make their data available."

The GBIF Governing Board, comprising delegations from its 42 member countries and 34 international organisations, agreed the 1 Billion Records target proposed by King at its annual meeting in October of this year. "It is an ambitious goal," noted one of the delegates, "but it is good to have it. It can be met if everyone works on it."

In recognising that achieving the goal will require much greater interest and investment in GBIF-related activities at the national level, the Governing Board called on all its members, as well as other countries and organisations, to make such investments in the interest of addressing global problems.

"The data that are mobilised via the GBIF architecture are critical to doing the analyses that are necessary to understand the changes in the world," said King. "Analyses of GBIF-mobilised data can be used to address many important issues such as measuring progress toward the Millennium Development Goals and the 2010 Biodiversity Target."


'/>"/>

Contact: Meredith Lane
mlane@gbif.org
453-532-1484
Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Finding that 1-in-a-billion that could lead to disease
2. Midlands Consortium delighted to be chosen to host £1 billion energy institute
3. New Delft material concept for aircraft wings could save billions
4. Study: diabetic neuropathy costs billions per year in lost work time
5. Researchers find origin of breathable atmosphere half a billion years ago
6. Birth records hold pancreatic cancer clue
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/28/2016)... First quarter 2016:   , Revenues amounted to ... of 2015 The gross margin was 49% (27) ... operating margin was 40% (-13) Earnings per share rose ... was SEK 249.9 M (21.2) , Outlook   ... The operating margin for 2016 is estimated to exceed ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... 27, 2016 Research and ... Biometrics Market 2016-2020"  report to their offering.  , ... The analysts forecast the global multimodal biometrics ... during the period 2016-2020.  Multimodal biometrics ... such as the healthcare, BFSI, transportation, automotive, and ...
(Date:4/15/2016)... CHICAGO , April 15, 2016  A ... companies make more accurate underwriting decisions in a ... offering timely, competitively priced and high-value life insurance ... health screenings. With Force Diagnostics, rapid ... and lifestyle data readings (blood pressure, weight, pulse, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... FireflySci ... used in leading laboratories all over the globe. Their cute firefly logo has ... manufacturing awesome cuvettes, FireflySci makes spectrophotometer calibration standards that never require recalibration. ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Thailand’s Board of Investment’s ... in San Francisco. Located at booth number 7301, representatives from the Thai Government, ... discuss the Thai biotechnology and life sciences sector. , Deputy Secretary General ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Founder ... double board-certified in surgery and surgery of the hand by the National Board ... stranger to going above and beyond in his pursuit of providing the most ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Scientists at the University of Athens say they ... may be hampering the research that could lead to one good one. Surviving Mesothelioma ... it now. , The team evaluated 98 mesothelioma patients who got ...
Breaking Biology Technology: