GBIF France has the mandate to promote GBIF activities and tools at the national level and to represent France in the GBIF community. The node provides information on best practices and standards used by GBIF and helps data publishers to connect data to the GBIF network using the tools developed by GBIF. The node also organizes training events and interacts with all the organizations working on biodiversity at national level. GBIF France also provides support to francophone countries to help them to contribute to GBIF.
The GBIF France node was created in June 2006 and hosted by the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN) in Paris. In the beginning the node was just hosted by the MNHN, but, in 2011, GBIF France was officially integrated into the MNHN and is now under the Direction des collections of the MNHN.
GBIF France’s missions are to: collect metadata on primary biodiversity data resources; assist connecting data to the GBIF network using GBIF standards, protocols and tools; organize training sessions (data publishing, data quality, use of GBIF-mediated data); inform on GBIF, tools, activities, calls, training material & opportunities; promote and facilitate the use of GBIF-mediated data and tools by biodiversity data users; collaborate with other national and international facilities on biodiversity, and with the GBIF Secretariat; contribute to the development of common tools with the GBIF community; and contribute to the CEPDEC program.
The GBIF France node includes two part-time coordinators and four full-time positions (node manager, IT specialists and a data engineer).
The node has a board that meets once a year. It includes representation from four Ministries (Education and Research, Foreign Affairs, Environment and Ecology, and Agronomy) and most of the organisations working on biodiversity at national level.
The GBIF France node is funded by the Ministry of Education and Research (Ministère de l’Education nationale, de l’Enseignement Supérieure et de la Recherche, MESR). From 2013 and for four years, GBIF France is funded through a French National Research Agency (L’Agence nationale de la recherche, ARN) project called e-ReColNat.
The basic financial contribution to GBIF is made by the Direction Générale pour la Recherche et l’Innovation (DGRI).