The GBIF network

GBIF is an intergovernmental initiative, and its members – formally known as ‘Participants’- consist of countries, economies and international organizations collaborating to advance free and open access to biodiversity data. Participants work with the Secretariat based in Copenhagen to facilitate the flow of biodiversity data, ensure data quality and enable data use in science and policy. Each national Participant has a designated ‘node’ responsible for coordinating GBIF-related in-country activities. The map displays GBIF’s current national Participants. The full list of all Participants can be found at the GBIF network webpage.

GBIF Network August 20, 2018

Experts and scientists have used the data mobilized and mediated by the GBIF network in a growing volume of peer-reviewed studies and official reports, for example applying them to:

  • Model the potential spread of known invasive alien species, under current and future environmental conditions.
  • Predict the consequences of climate change for biodiversity, from single species to global impacts.
  • Research agriculture and food security, including crop wild relatives and pest control.
  • Suggest priorities for conservation of threatened species and protected areas.
  • Explore links between biodiversity and human health, including modeling of disease vectors.


The Swedish GBIF node is responsible for collecting information on natural history collections and species observations from Swedish museums, authorities, organizations and research centers and delivers these data to

Since the start in 2003, the node has been located at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm at the Department for Bioinformatics and Genetics. The head of the international team is the Swedish Research Council, which appoints the Head of Delegation with the right to vote in meetings with the GBIF Governing Board. Since 2018, GBIF-Sweden is part of the Swedish national research infrastructure Biodiversity Atlas Sweden (BAS), and leads the development of the BioAtlas data portal.