Facts and figures
|source: GBIF November 30th 2015|
Through GBIF, The Netherlands currently shares more then 20 million biodiversity data records with the rest of the world, ranking among the five largest data supplying countries within the GBIF network.
The Dutch data originate from about 121 data sets provided by more than 20 institutes and organisations. The majority of the data are monitoring and research data, coming from institutes such as Alterra (part of Wageningen University & Research Centre) and NIOZ (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research), Universities and (semi-) government organisations such as STOWA (Foundation for Applied Water Research), RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and Rijkswaterstaat (part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment). Private organisations such as the Royal Dutch Angling Association and RAVON (Reptile, Amphibian and Fish Research Netherlands) also contribute. Collection data come from Naturalis Biodiversity Center, the Fungal Biodiversity Centre and a host of regional museums.
The Netherlands shares one so-called taxonomic checklist with the worldwide biodiversity community: the Taxa Water Management Netherlands (TWN list).
Digital data repatriation
Sharing biodiversity data with the countries of their origin is one of GBIF’s most important principles.
Through GBIF, The Netherlands shares more than 3million "foreign" data with 240 countries and territories of origin. The list is headed by data from Indonesia (ca. 230.000) and Cameroon (ca. 140.000), and closed by a single data record about a shell from the Naturalis collection, originating from Niue, an island in the Pacific Ocean’s Southern Hemisphere.
GBIF contains 15 million freely accessible data on flora, fauna and micro-organisms from The Netherlands and the Dutch territorial waters.
Important Dutch data sets are the National Vegetation Database (LVD) from Alterra, the water board data from STOWA and the fish data from the Royal Dutch Angling Association. These data are available in full detail, i.e. not reduced to a 5 or 10 square kilometre resolution grid. Regional museums also provide valuable Dutch data sets, such as regional herbaria records. In total, 29 countries provide data about the Netherlands. Noteworthy foreign data sets include 15.000 Dutch bird observations from the American eBird system and more than 100.000 Dutch North Sea data records from England.