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GBIF - Global Biodiversity Information Facility is the Norwegian participant node in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

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The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) was established in 2001 based on a recommendation from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Global Science Forum in 1999. Denmark was selected as the host country for the GBIF secretariat, where it has been hosted by Copenhagen University since 2001.

Norway became a member of GBIF in 2004, represented by the Research Council of Norway. The Norwegian GBIF participant node (GBIF Norway) was established in 2005 and is hosted by the Natural History Museum of the University in Oslo (NHM, UiO). GBIF Norway is responsible for the coordination of the Norwegian biodiversity data sets published to the global GBIF portal.

GBIF Norway will host data sets from data owners or provide technical assistance for implementation of data publishing services for data owners that wish to host their own data sets.

GBIF Norway maintain a particular close collaboration with the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre (NBIC) in Trondheim. All occurrence data points from localities in Norway published to the international GBIF network are included to the Norwegian Species Map Service (Artskart) which is a very popular service from NBIC. All occurrence data points published to the Norwegian citizen science species observation portal (Artsobservasjoner, Norwegian only) maintained by NBIC are published to the GBIF portal.

Contact us at:


  • Endresen, Dag (2022). Global Biodiversity Information Facility - Free and open access to biodiversity data.
  • Endresen, Dag (2021). Digitalisering og GBIF - Registering av samlinger i GRSciColl og Wikidata og publisering av samlingsdata i GBIF.
  • Endresen, Dag (2021). Råd fra GBIF-Norge til datainfrastrukturutvalget i dialogmøte 2021-11-19.
  • Belbin, Lee; Kampmeier, Gail; Endresen, Dag & Baskauf, Steve (2021). Guidelines for Review Managers of Proposed TDWG Standards.

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Tags: GBIF, biodiversity informatics, TDWG, Biodiversity Information Standards, open data publishing, open data, research infrastructure
Published Apr. 12, 2022 8:26 AM - Last modified May 18, 2022 2:28 PM