The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an organisation set up by the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy. Its objective is to enable users throughout the world to openly share and put to use vast quantities of global biodiversity data, thereby advancing scientific research in many disciplines, promoting technological and sustainable development, facilitating the conservation of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of its benefits, and enhancing the quality of life of members of society.

Ireland became a member of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility in 2008, and the National Biodiversity Data Centre is nominated as the national node for Ireland. Biodiversity data contained in the Data Centre’s database feeds into the GBIF portal to ensure that future international and global maps will now also include Irish data. It also means that the GBIF data resources of more than 1 billion global biodiversity records are available to the Irish research community. Data can be accessed through the GBIF data portal.

Dr Liam Lysaght (National Biodiversity Data Centre) is Ireland’s Head of Delegation and representative on the Node Managers Committee.

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is an Initiative of the Heritage Council and is operated under a service level agreement by Compass Informatics. The data centre is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Heritage Council.

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