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NBII Hosts 2nd Successful Data Provider Workshop

Following the success of the first session in April, NBII hosted a second "Becoming an NBII-GBIF Data Provider" workshop, September 21, 2004. The workshop drew over 20 participants from all across the country and disciplines.

Some of the U.S. Institutions that have come online since April:

  • Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology,
  • The New York Botanical Garden
  • University of Alabama Herbarium
  • University of Minnesota Bell Museum of Natural History
  • Utah Museum of Natural History (UMNH)
  • Ohio State University Insect Collection

Interested in becoming a Data Provider?

  • If your organization has a digitized collection you would like to showcase through DiGIR, please contact Nichole McNeely-Kallas, at nmcneely@usgs.gov or (703) 648-4360.

Search capability now available...

Search the digitized collections of natural history museums and other participating organizations throughout the United States.

Collections include specimen-level data on mammals, amphibians, herbaria, mollusks, fish, and others.

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9th Meeting of the GBIF Governing Board:


GBIF Data Portal (prototype) Provides View to 35+ Million Data Records:

  • The prototype GBIF Data Portal now provides access to nearly 43 million specimen-data records from 82 data providers, as well as over 600,000 name-data records from 21 providers. These specimen- and name-data providers come from 21 GBIF member countries and 4 organizational associate participants.
  • The United States has 23 providers, with over 7 million records.
  • GBIF's eventual goal is to provide easy-to-use search engines that will access all kinds of biodiversity data, from genes to species to ecosystems. It has started by focusing on species-occurrence data based on collections and observations of the world’s plants, animals and micro-organisms. These data are provided by the natural history museums, herbaria, botanical gardens, bird-banding societies, culture collections and other such institutions that house the specimens and maintain the data sets.
  • Search GBIF:  http://www.gbif.net 

What is GBIF?

www.gbif.orgThe Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is a coordinated international scientific effort to enable users throughout the world to discover and put to use vast quantities of global biodiversity data, thereby advancing scientific research in many disciplines, promoting technological and sustainable development, facilitating the equitable sharing of the benefits of biodiversity, and enhancing the quality of life of members of society.

  • NBII is the United States node to GBIF, and is a primary partner. 


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