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The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), is an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world's governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth. Coordinated through its Secretariat in Copenhagen, the GBIF network of participating countries and organizations, working through the participant nodes, provides data-holding institutions around the world with common standards, best practices and open-source tools enabling them to share information about where and when species have been recorded. This knowledge derives from many different kinds of sources, including everything from museum specimens collected in the 18th and 19th century to DNA barcodes and smartphone photos recorded in recent days and weeks.
The network draws these diverse data sources together through the use of data standards, including Darwin Core, which forms the basis for the bulk of's index of hundreds of millions of species occurrence records. Publishers provide open access to their datasets using machine-readable Creative Commons licence designations, allowing scientists, researchers and others to apply the data in peer-reviewed publications, along with other reports, analyses and policy documents. The topics include the impacts of climate change, the spread of invasive species, the prioritization of conservation and protected areas, food security, and human health.

Catalogue of Life in Taiwan

The Catalogue of Life in Taiwan (TaiCOL) is Taiwan's most authoritative and complete species catalogue database. Its primary mission is to collect, integrate, and provide taxonomic information related to species in Taiwan, offering a species catalogue. Initially known as the "Taiwan Biodiversity National Information Network" (TaiBNET), the TaiCOL website was established in 2003 and made publicly accessible. Since then, it has undergone continuous updates and expansions, including the addition of synonyms, Chinese vernacular names, references, and attributes such as native/exotic/conservation status for species. Furthermore, taxon codes are released for use by major biodiversity databases in Taiwan, serving as data backbones or for data exchange purposes.