The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has published its Annual Report for 2012, alongside a new Science Review detailing peer-reviewed papers making use of GBIF-mediated data.
The Science Review compiles over 230 research publications that cited use of data accessed through GBIF in 2012. They were extracted from a continuing programme by the GBIF Secretariat to monitor scientific literature and tag papers according to use, discussion and mention of GBIF, through the Mendeley academic archiving platform.
The review is divided into sections for key subject areas covered by GBIF-assisted research. They include invasive alien species, impacts of climate change, species conservation and protected areas, agriculture and human health.
Among the summary highlights listed in the annual report are:
· An increase of nearly 20 per cent in data published through GBIF from institutions around the world, reaching 382 million species occurrence records by December
· Over half a million visitors to the GBIF global data portal, with over 22,000 recorded data downloads
· The decision of Brazil to join GBIF as a national Participant
· The demonstration of an early version of a toolkit to help countries and organizations start up a website on biodiversity
The GBIF Annual Report 2012 is available online at http://www.gbif.org/orc/?doc_id=5304 and the Science Review at http://www.gbif.org/orc/?doc_id=5287. Printed copies can be requested from email@example.com.