Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook

GBIO: Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook

Delivering biodiversity knowledge in the information age

The Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook, or GBIO, helps to focus effort and investment towards better understanding of life on Earth and our impacts upon it. It proposes a framework that will help harness the immense power of information technology and an open data culture, to gather unprecedented evidence about biodiversity and to inform better decisions.

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Hobern D, Apostolico A, Arnaud E, Bello JC, Canhos D, Dubois G, Field D, Alonso Garcia E, Hardisty A, Harrison J, Heidorn B, Krishtalka L, Mata E, Page RDM, Parr C, Price J & Willoughby S (2012) Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook: Delivering biodiversity knowledge in the information age. Copenhagen: GBIF Secretariat. Available at:


Considerable progress has been made in the past ten years to fulfil the potential of biodiversity informatics. However, these achievements are dwarfed by the scale of what is still required.

The GBIO offers a framework for reaching a much deeper understanding of the world’s biodiversity, and through that understanding the means of improving both conservation and sustainable uses.

The GBIO identifies four major focal areas or 'layers', each comprised of five core components, to help coordinate efforts and funding. The coauthors, representing a wide range of disciplines, agree these are the essential elements of a global strategy to harness biodiversity data for the common good.