[Taxacom] Fwd: What can Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) do for you?

Tony.Rees at csiro.au Tony.Rees at csiro.au
Thu Oct 17 18:04:11 CDT 2013

Doug writes:

> Even if there was a miscommunication here, it does highlight another
> side of preceding issue: namely, GBIF cannot make data available that
> no
> one has gathered and passed along. Unless GBIF is willing to fund data
> gathering efforts (and target those efforts so as to "fill gaps"), then
> the role of clearing house means they take what they are given and
> display it, which are (mostly) the results of people's externally-
> funded
> research grants. If the data points in GBIF show a strong bias
> taxonomically or geographically, I don't think you could claim that's
> GBIF's fault.

Well, yes and no... speaking for OBIS (which is analogous to a marine-only GBIF in many respects), OBIS has facilitated the development of affiliated nodes (OBIS regional nodes) whose responsibility is to promote and assist the flow of (in this case marine) georeferenced species data into OBIS from their region. GBIF has a similar network of nodes but in this case they are partners and country based. So partly the issue is delegated from (in this case) GBIF to the GBIF national nodes, where the immediate responsibility lies; the residual issue is then to find ways to locate and mobilise data in countries not currently affiliated with GBIF (presumably meaning, do not wish to pay the relevant subscription fees). So at least part of the solution comes down to being a proactive rather than a passive aggregator as well as seeking viable existing and new outreach strategies (I am sure there is a component of GBIF central doing exactly this).

Regards - Tony

Dr Tony Rees 
Manager | Divisional Data Centre
Marine and Atmospheric Research
E Tony Rees at csiro.au T +61 3 6232 5318
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