The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is a major integrator of biodiversity occurrence data and thus a top priority for integration in EU BON. The GBIF informatics architecture provides unified access via a web portal and web services to a global network of data publishers. Through appropriate standards and tools, the infrastructure is designed to serve three main types of data: metadata (i.e., descriptions of datasets), primary biodiversity data and names data.


LifeWatch (e-Science infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research) is a research infrastructure proposed by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). LifeWatch itself is not an infrastructure generating data, but an environment, mainly for the biodiversity community, for discovering, processing, modelling and collaborating on data (including software tools).

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