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German Federation for Biological Data (GFBio)
Michaeal Diepenbroek, Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Frank Oliver Glöckner, Anton Güntsch, Robert Huber, Birgitta König-Ries, Jens Nieschulze, Bernhard Seeger, Dagmar Triebel, Christian Wirth

Last modified: 2016-09-07


The German Federation for Biological Data (GFBio; http://www.gfbio.org) is a sustainable, service-oriented, national data infrastructure project funded by the German Research Foundation with the aim of facilitating data sharing for biological and environmental research.

The GFBio-Team is composed of 19 partners bringing together Germany's key players in the field of biological data and information management to harmonize the national biological data landscape. GFBio's multidisciplinary consortium is represented by experts from a variety of institutions ranging from natural history collections, libraries and bioinformatics to environmental data archives. The ten members of the Steering Committee are listed as authors here.

GFBio is the authoritative, national contact point for issues concerning the management and standardisation of biological research data during the entire data life cycle (from acquisition to archiving and data publication).

GFBio mediates expertise and services between the GFBio data centers and the scientific community, covering all areas of research data management:

(a) Acquisition, Quality Control and Standardisation: GFBio provides access to tools, standards and working platforms. These can be used during data creation, are suitable for preliminary data management and fully supported by the GFBio archiving centers.

(b) Archiving and Publication: GFBio provides the central national contact point for submission of biological data and mediates data archiving in dedicated data centers to ensure sustainable, long-term preservation and publication of data.

(c) Access: GFBio provides an integrated open access data portal for data, managed by the GFBio data centers, and all its services.

(d) Analysis and Interpretation: GFBio mediates services for data analysis and visualization. This is based on the data managed and provided by the GFBio data centers.

(e) Education and Training: GFBio provides training materials. It organizes and supports events for the education and training of scientists on all facets of research data management.

GFBio is establishing a business model to ensure the sustainable, long-term operation of its core services.

GFBio is the central contact point for research data management for national (e.g.German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure, de.NBI) and international initiatives (e.g. LifeWatch, http://lifewatch.eu/; Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), http://geobon.org/; Belmont Forum, https://www.belmontforum.org/).