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About us: CAS Node of Global Biodiversity Information Facility

What is GBIF-CAS
CAS Node of Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF-CAS) is China’s open and free data infrastructure, collaboration with GBIF and funded by Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The CAS has signed the GBIF Memorandum of Understanding in 2013, thereby committing itself to realizing GBIF’s objectives and work plans on a national level, by means of a national GBIF Node.

What we do
• Increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity information.
• Promote standardization of biodiversity information in China
• Demonstrate leadership in collaborative Biodiversity activities within China.
• Development cooperation with more institutions, projects and individuals.
• Establish and improve the public databases and data retention policies to promote the development of data-sharing process.
• Communicate the importance of biodiversity information to the public and policy makers.

Partners in China
CAS Node works with biodiversity data suppliers able and willing to share their data, including research institutions, museums, government organizations and citizen science organizations. There is increasing collaboration with (potential) users of biodiversity data and ICT parties. From its start, CAS Node has strong ties with the scientific community.

Additionally, CAS Node collaborates with a number of network partners that are active in the field of scientific data and publications, including:
• National Specimen Information Infrastructure (NSII,
• Asia Biodiversity Conservation and Database Network (ABCDNet,
• SP2000 China Node (
• Encycolpedia of Life-China Node (
• Biodiversity Heritage Library China Node (

About GBIF
GBIF aims to make the world's biodiversity data freely and universally available for the benefit of science and society, and to help ensure a sustainable future. It provides a single point of access (through this portal and its web services) to more than 460 million records, shared freely by hundreds of institutions worldwide, making it the biggest biodiversity database on the Internet.