Decision-making based on scientific knowledge generated through accumulated data is necessary for biodiversity conservation. Since biodiversity data can be complicated due to its many varieties, information infrastructure is indispensable for sharing data in a manner that anyone can understand. Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) provides an international biodiversity data portal where users can explore and download biodiversity data.
Biodiversity Web Mapping System (BioWM) aims to promote data publication on GBIF, utilization of GBIF data, and ‘open data’ in biodiversity science by visualization of biodiversity data.
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We would like to express our gratitude to all JBIF members from whose valuable support and feedback we have benefited throughout the development of the BioWM. JBIF is the Japan node of GBIF, and members contribute to publish data via GBIF and to promote ‘open data’ in biodiversity and its utilization in Japan. In 2014, CEBES joined the steering committee of JBIF and its working group, thus supporting the activities of JBIF as well as publishing biodiversity data via GBIF.