Agrobiodiversity research: Experts’ recommendations for improving GBIF-mediated data


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A team of international experts have completed a report providing more than 50 recommendations for enhancing the coverage, completeness and usefulness of GBIF-mobilized data for research in agrobiodiversity. GBIF’s task group on data fitness for use in agrobiodiversity assembled its recommendations following a survey, in-depth interviews of other experts and a public consultation. The final report is now available on

“There was a lot of interest in the topic, and the experts we contacted provided their views with great enthusiasm,” said Elizabeth Arnaud, scientist at Bioversity International and chair of the task group. “The report provides a concrete road map to improve accessibility to higher quality data. We hope it will serve to further engage the scientific community in filling data gaps and help in removing some of the blocks to data access.”

Read more on GBIF Website “Experts offer recommendations for improving GBIF-mediated data for agrobiodiversity research”

Read the final Report “Report of the Task Group on GBIF Data Fitness for Use in Agrobiodiversity”

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international open data infrastructure, funded by governments. It allows anyone, anywhere to access data about all types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries via the Internet.By encouraging and helping institutions to publish data according to common standards, GBIF enables research not possible before, and informs better decisions to conserve and sustainably use the biological resources of the planet.

Read more about GBIF here.