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Twenty Years of GBIF: Independent Review Charts Successes and Challenges

Twenty Years of GBIF: Independent Review Charts Successes and Challenges

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF; WDS Regular Member) Governing Board commissioned Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA; WDS Associate Member) 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.

It is the most comprehensive review of GBIF’s activities in more than a decade and offers 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 Review comprises an Executive Summary and the detailed Full Report.