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Global platform passes major milstone with publication of one-billionth species record

Hyderabad, Jul 10 (UNI) A global platform for sharing information about the world’s biodiversity has passed a major milestone, with the publication of the one-billionth species record of where a species lives through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
GBIF is an International network and Research Infrastructure aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth, a release said.
Records freely accessible to all through the GBIF.org platform provide researchers and policy makers with an unrivalled information resource, bringing together evidence gathered over centuries and across the whole planet on where and when species have been observed or collected.
The facility is funded by the world’s governments.
Commenting on the one-billion record milestone, GBIF’s Executive Secretary Donald Hobern said: “If we want to address the big challenges we face around the future of land use, conservation, climate change, food security and health, we need efficient ways to bring together all the data capable of helping us understand the changing state of the world and the essential role that biodiversity plays at all scales.
“This milestone shows that today’s GBIF is prepared for continued growth and ready to handle the massive volume of data we expect to see from other new technologies and sources.”
The information available about the occurrence of over one billion species through GBIF is the result of the collective efforts of more than 1,200 institutions in 123 countries that willingly share data in standard digital formats, arising from natural history collections, research projects, species monitoring programmes and citizens’ observations, among many other sources.
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