U.S. Collections in GBIF

  • The summary below lists collections available from each data provider, and the number of records per resource.
  • Not all collections listed are available or searchable at all times.
  • Click on the name of the data provider to jump to their website (external links).
  • There is a lag between display with GBIF and NBII.
  • If a data provider service (at the institution) has been "stopped" or deactivated, the records will not be searchable through NBII's portal. NBII's DiGIR search is a decentralized search, querying each data provider as the search is requested. Searching can still be done through GBIF's portal, since all records have been indexed for faster retrieval.
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NBII: The U.S. Node of the Worldwide GBIF Network


US Collections Records Top 196 Million!

NBII welcomes the recent addition of the Ohio State University Acarology Collection, the Duke University Herbarium, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Tulane University Museum of Natural History, and the Louisiana State University Herbarium, together contributing more than 805,000 records to the GBIF network.

What is GBIF?:

The 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.

GBIF Young Researchers Award

Call for Proposals
GBIF Young Researchers Award

  1. Purpose: The GBIF Governing Board has established the Young Researchers Award to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by graduate students in master's and doctoral programs at universities in GBIF Voting and Associate Participants' countries.
  2. Eligibility and Award: Graduate students in a masters or doctoral program at a university in a GBIF Voting Participant or Associate Voting Participant country are eligible to submit a proposal. This year, the program intends to make two awards of 4000 Euros each, one to a master's student and one to a doctoral student.
  3. Proposal Submission: Graduate students in the U.S. intending to submit a proposal should contact the U.S. National Node Manager (see Item 5 below) for further information. Countries have organized their call in different ways. Applicants may be a citizen of any country, not necessarily the country of the nominating Participant. Proposals will be reviewed and prioritized at the national level and will thereafter be submitted to GBIF by the U.S. Head of Delegation. The GBIF Science Committee will select two winners from all proposals forwarded by GBIF Voting or Associate Participant Countries. No more than two proposals may be submitted by the U.S. Head of Delegation.
  4. Content of the application:
    1. A research proposal in English with the following documents, all in electronic format (MS Word 2003 or 2007):
      1. A project description (4 pages maximum) - and a 200 word summary/abstract - detailing:
        1. the need for the research
        2. the question(s) being addressed
        3. the critical role of GBIF-enabled data in addressing those questions
        4. the research scope, plan, methodologies and timetable
      2. A budget (1 page), itemized and justified (Note: budgetary items are restricted to academic fees, essential equipment, supplies (e.g. hardware, software), and travel. Salary support is not permitted)
      3. Literature cited (1 page)
      4. The applicant's curriculum vitae
    2. Accompanying documents to the proposal. These should be produced on official university letterhead and signed by the faculty member, and should include his/her contact email and phone number. They should be electronically scanned and submitted as attachments with the electronic application.
      1. An official letter from the student's faculty mentor/supervisor certifying that the applicant is a student in good standing in the graduate program of the university
      2. At least one, and no more than three, letters of support from faculty members active in a field that encompasses and incorporates biodiversity informatics (e.g. genetic, species, ecological, biosystematics, etc.)
    3. Deadline for Student Proposal Submissions to U.S. Node Manager: 15 September 2010
      • All application packages should be submitted electronically to:
        Mike Frame ( mike_frame@usgs.gov ) AND to Christine Fournier ( cfournie@usgs.gov )
      • Please use the Subject header "GBIF Young Researchers Award application" in your email.
    • Deadline for U.S. Head of Delegation to Submit Top Two Proposals to GBIF Secretariat: 1 October 2010
    • Proposal Review and Award: The GBIF Science Committee will review received nominations and adjudicate the Young Researcher Awards. Process to be concluded before the end of 2010.

    Review criteria for the proposed research include:

    • its originality and innovation;
    • its use of and strategic significance for GBIF-enabled data;
    • and its measurable effectiveness and impact in advancing biodiversity informatics.

GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit

GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit

Version 1.0 of GBIF's Integrated Publishing Toolkit is available for download.

A training CD for GBIF's Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT) has been released. This CD is a compilation of presentations, promotional materials, technical documents, videos and online resources about the GBIF IPT. It represents a complete set of materials for those willing to collaborate in the deployment and dissemination of this recently released biodiversity data publishing tool.

The CD image is available for download in the training resources section of the GBIF website.

GBIF has also created an Experts Network on IPT Helpdesk and Training. Those interested in having an IPT instance running but lacking the technical capacity needed can request technical support from the group, or from the expert with whom they have a the closest affinity (geographically, in language, work area, etc). Contact information is available on the GBIF IPT Webpage.

GBIF's New Data Portal Officially Launched

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The new GBIF Data Portal is an Internet gateway to more than 130 million data records provided by 200+ institutions scattered over 30+ countries around the world. The GBIF Data Portal is a single point-of-entry to these millions of data records (with more to come).


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