Structured and durable storage of biodiversity data is still a major challenge for many institutions, organisations, and science in general. Research institutes and government organisations generally have central data storage systems. Large museums have good systems as well, and much of the current observation data from Private Data Collecting Organisations ("Particuliere Gegevensverzamelende Organisaties"), municipalities and provinces is stored in the central Dutch National Databank Flora and Fauna (NDFF). Use of data in this database is limited to account holders only. Data can be purchased if you do not have an account.
NLBIF supports larger organisations to standardise their existing data systems and to make them internationally interoperable. Universities, individual researchers and smaller organisations are supported by means of advice, data management planning and if necessary the durable archiving of data.
For the purpose of data archiving, NLBIF collaborates with Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), the data institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).