The most comprehensive review of GBIF’s activities in more than a decade has offered a series of recommendations that aim to build on its achievements to date while addressing a range of challenges to secure the network’s future.
The GBIF Governing Board commissioned the Committee on Data of the International Science Council (CODATA) to carry out an independent review, 20 years after a working group of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recommended the creation of a global biodiversity information facility in 1999.
The resulting report published by CODATA, Twenty-Year Review of GBIF, follows a year of research, including interviews with more than 100 experts worldwide from various parts of the GBIF network and wider biodiversity information community.
The review makes 27 separate recommendations aimed at addressing these challenges, divided into general, short-term and long-term groupings. These recommendations are listed in the Executive Summary.