Become a publisher

Organizations wishing to publish data through GBIF can register here to receive endorsement as a data publisher

To prepare for publishing data through GBIF, we ask prospective new publishers to complete this online form.

Your answers will help us to give proper credit and attribution for the datasets you share. They will also help users to understand more about the provenance of data shared through the GBIF network.

Before GBIF indexes your datasets, your institution must receive endorsement as a data publisher from one of the countries or organizations participating in GBIF, through a GBIF Participant node. If your country is not yet participating in GBIF, we will seek endorsement on your behalf from the GBIF community.

The endorsement procedure aims to ensure that:

  1. Published data are relevant to GBIF’s scope and objectives
  2. Data hosting arrangements are stable and persistent
  3. Data publishing and use are supported by strong national, regional and thematic engagement
  4. Data are as open as possible, and available for sharing and reuse
  5. Data publishers can respond to feedback and improve data quality

Note: At present, GBIF and its Participants only publish data from organizations — that is, institutions, networks and societies — rather than individuals. Individuals wishing to publish data should work through their affiliated organizations to seek endorsement as a publisher.

First, please see if your organization is already registered as a GBIF publisher.
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If you are affiliated with the selected organization, you should approach the contact for practical knowledge of data publishing.

My organization is not already registered.
Terms and conditions
I have read and understood GBIF's Data Publisher Agreement and agree to its terms.
I understand that I am seeking registration on behalf of my organization, and confirm that the responsible authorities of my organization are aware of this registration.
I understand that my organizational information, including the contact details provided, will be made publicly available through GBIF.org.
Organization details Your chance to tell GBIF users who you are and what you do.
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Organization email e.g. secretariat@fibg-museum.org
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Briefly describe the scope of your institution/organization in relation to GBIF's mission (e.g. collection holdings, research focus, biodiversity information management, etc.). This description will appear on your publisher page.
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Endorsing node To support publishers and review data quality all publishers are associated with a GBIF node. Please select one from below.
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GBIF projects Are you associated with a project funded by a GBIF programme ? For example: Biodiversity Information for Development (BID), Biodiversity Information Fund for Asia (BIFA), Capacity Enhancement Support Programme (CESP).
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Contacts We need to know how to keep in touch with you.
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People move on! Please add at least one alternate contact, and consider using a generic email e.g. helpdesk@a.com that will always reach an appropriate person.

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Administrative contact Who can we approach for questions about your organization, for example how you appear on our web pages, data licensing issues etc.
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Technical contact Who can we approach for technical information such as sending passwords to register data publishing tools?
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What and how Help us understand what kind of data you plan to publish, and what support you may need.

GBIF.org supports publication of four types of data, explained here. Responsibility for formatting the data and hosting the original datasets remains with the data publisher, but we can help you find appropriate technical solutions.

Which types of data do you expect to publish?

Resources metadata Checklist data Occurrence-only data Sampling-event data

Do you have EITHER the capacity to run a live server, OR access to a server, through which you will make your original dataset available to GBIF.org?

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Are you planning to instal and run publishing software (such as the Integrated Publishing Toolkit – IPT) to publish your data directly to GBIF.org?

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In this case, it is recommended that you first try reusing an existing trusted IPT data hosting centre

Do you need help in publishing your data?

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For some reason, your submission failed.

Please contact us about your interest at helpdesk@gbif.org.

Submission successful

We have received your expression of interest of becoming a data publisher in the GBIF network. Your organization details are here.

You will receive a confirmation email once your endorsement has been approved.