Friday seminar: Open and reusable research data with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

by Dr. Dag Endresen, GBIF Node Manager for Norway at the Natural History Museum in Oslo.


Easy access to large data volumes is a new paradigm that researchers in many fields are starting to get used with. Production of good quality research data is very expensive and research councils and governments around the world, including Norway, are looking for scientific practices to maximize the reuse of research data for other purposes than what it was originally collected for. The Global Biodiversity Information Facility ( is an open-data research infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere access to data about all types of life on Earth. GBIF was established in March 2001, following a recommendation from the OECD Mega-science Forum in 1999. Norway became a voting member in April 2004.

In this presentation Dag Endresen will present the GBIF organisation with focus on examples for reuse of biodiversity data in ecological research and provide guidelines for publishing your own research data in GBIF.


Dag Endresen is the national coordinator for the Norwegian participant node in GBIF. The Norwegian GBIF Node ( is hosted by the UiO Natural History Museum in Oslo and provides support ( for publishing and using biodiversity data made available in GBIF to researchers and other users in Norway.



Published Oct. 17, 2017 1:00 PM - Last modified Mar. 8, 2021 10:41 AM