Spain at the head of Europe in biodiversity data use
With almost 60,000 visits per year, Spain is ahead of countries such as Germany, United Kingdom or France in the use of biodiversity data -just behind United States of America and Mexico. These results are shown in a recent statistics report about the usage of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The report can be checked out here. GBIF, which consists of a consortium of international organizations and countries, is the biggest biodiversity database network worldwide. Spain is a founder member of GBIF.
GBIF is a scientific infrastructure aimed at researchers and professionals. The high use rate that has being done in our country is a clear indicator of the power of the research on biodiversity in Spain and the importance of its management. This also means that there is a high implementation of this innovative scientific infrastructure. GBIF is a distributed infrastructure composed by national nodes. In Spain, the national node (http://www.gbif.es) is sponsored by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and managed by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Currently, GBIF provides access to more than 350 million of species distribution records. In Spain, there are 62 institutions providing more than 8 million records in total.