It is regarded as fundamental that all institutes in possession of biodiversity data participate in the GBIF initiative in Spain.
The information contained in each collection -regardless of its size- is unique. By participating in GBIF, the institutes and collections will contribute biodiversity data to GBIF at all scales, gaining technical support, visibility and recognition.
The institutes and projects involved may obtain funding through the program 'Complementary Actions' of the Ministry of Science and Innovation (more information on funding in Spain), among other sources.
From a functional point of view, the node can be regarded as a distributed system of data bases offering data access. There will be no great centralized data base to which every collection contributes. Instead, each collection creates, maintains and manages its own data base and thus controls what information is made accessible (or not) via Internet.
In addition to this federation of databases there will be a system in charge of gathering the query results from all connected nodes and of presenting them in a coherent manner, which is similar to Internet browsers such as Google. This network may be symmetrical in the sense that all the participating institutes are at the same time access points to the entire information.
The advantages of such a system are that data providers maintain control over their data, updates are made automatically and data origin and authorship are obvious.