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Interoperability of Biodiversity Databases: Biodiversity Information on Every Desktop

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Science  29 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5488, pp. 2312-2314
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5488.2312

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Abstract

Data about biodiversity are either scattered in many databases or reside on paper or other media not amenable to interactive searching. The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is a framework for facilitating the digitization of biodiversity data and for making interoperable an as-yet-unknown number of biodiversity databases that are distributed around the globe. In concert with other existing efforts, GBIF will catalyze the completion of a Catalog of the Names of Known Organisms and will develop search engines to mine the vast quantities of biodiversity data. It will be an outstanding tool for scientists, natural resource managers, and policy-makers.

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