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Research Article

How Global Is the Global Biodiversity Information Facility?

  • Chris Yesson,

    Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences, Plant Science Laboratories, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, United Kingdom

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  • Peter W. Brewer,

    Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences, Plant Science Laboratories, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, United Kingdom

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  • Tim Sutton,

    Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences, Plant Science Laboratories, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, United Kingdom

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  • Neil Caithness,

    Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences, Plant Science Laboratories, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, United Kingdom

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  • Jaspreet S. Pahwa,

    Affiliation: School of Computer Science, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom

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  • Mikhaila Burgess,

    Affiliation: School of Computer Science, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom

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  • W. Alec Gray,

    Affiliation: School of Computer Science, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom

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  • Richard J. White,

    Affiliation: School of Computer Science, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom

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  • Andrew C. Jones,

    Affiliation: School of Computer Science, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom

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  • Frank A. Bisby,

    Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences, Plant Science Laboratories, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, United Kingdom

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  • Alastair Culham mail

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: a.culham@reading.ac.uk

    Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences, Plant Science Laboratories, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, United Kingdom

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  • Published: November 07, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0001124

About the Authors

Chris Yesson, Peter W. Brewer, Tim Sutton, Neil Caithness, Frank A. Bisby, Alastair Culham
School of Biological Sciences, Plant Science Laboratories, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, United Kingdom
Jaspreet S. Pahwa, Mikhaila Burgess, W. Alec Gray, Richard J. White, Andrew C. Jones
School of Computer Science, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: a.culham@reading.ac.uk

Competing Interests

WA Gray is a member of the UK delegation of voting participants on the governing board of GBIF. FA Bisby & RJ White are part of the Species 2000 delegation which is an Associate participant on the governing board of GBIF.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: CY AC. Analyzed the data: CY. Contributed data and tools: TS PWB. Wrote large parts of the paper: CY AC. Contributed to paper writing: FAB TS PWB RJW ACJ. Contributed to project planning: NC JSP MB.