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 organisations, 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 centuries to DNA barcodes and smartphone photos recorded in recent days and weeks.
Tim has a background in engineering and data infrastructure and leads the informatics activities at the secretariat of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). To support GBIF’s successful growth and development as an open data infrastructure, Tim has been involved in drafting and maintaining data standards, developing large-scale data-ingestion pipelines and establishing GBIF’s pioneering citation-tracking system.