The Real Jardín Botánico and GBIF
The Real Jardín Botánico is home to the Coordination Unit of the Spanish GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) Node. GBIF is an international initiative planned for the next 10 years with the objective of making all information about all known living organism available on the Internet.
The Ministry of Education and Science, which represents GBIF in Spain and is responsible for its implementation in the country, charged the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) with the implementation, development and coordination of the GBIF's activities in Spain.
In June 2003 the CSIC, with the support and advice of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales and the Real Jardín Botánico, set up a Coordination Unit to implement this task. The GBIF.ES node comprises a network of members (centres, projects, departments and individuals) with a Coordination Unit.