GBIF is working to develop priorities to guide investment and effort in digitizing and mobilizing biodiversity data. Such priorities are important for allowing GBIF nodes and other institutions, researchers, citizen science groups, funding bodies (among others) to plan projects and work programmes that add the most valuable information possible to what we know of biodiversity patterns and trends.
The 2016 GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge highlighted a range of approaches for identifying gaps or areas of ignorance within GBIF data, including gaps in taxonomic, spatial and temporal coverage.

The GBIF Content Mobilization Priorities 2017 provide three main calls to action:

  1. Address major geospatial gaps: calling for the urgent mobilization of additional GBIF-compatible biodiversity data from all countries that currently have an average of less than one record per square kilometer
  2. Mobilize sampling-event data: calling for agencies and organizations that carry out field surveys or manage such data to publish them for wider use through the GBIF network
  3. Digitize natural history collections: calling for additional investments to liberate data from all the world’s natural history collections

GBIF strongly encourages all relevant stakeholders to consider opportunities to mobilize data that will address these priorities, and encourages funding agencies to fund activities that will contribute new data in these areas.