The National Biodiversity Network is a UK wide partnership and it also has a global role as the UK node for GBIF, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

An exciting development in terms of “where we are” in the UK relates to how data are being collated and made available via a newly developed platform.  The NBN Atlas Scotland served as a pilot for the UK-wide implementation of the Atlas of Living Australia’s open source biodiversity data infrastructure. This pilot was part of a work programme to build Atlas infrastructure for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Each of these five atlases would have the same functionality and same basic design and be supported by a single database, the NBN Atlas.

The NBN Atlas Scotland launched in 2016 and the NBN Atlas and NBN Atlas Wales launched in April 2017. An NBN Atlas Northern Ireland will follow.  You can find out more about these projects by clicking on the relevant links, where you can also find out about the Scottish Biodiversity Information Forum (SBIF) and the NBN’s Scottish Liaison Officer.

This work on the NBN Atlas is intended to deliver on the NBN’s fourth Strategic aim : Provide the best biological information management infrastructure and ensure stability, security and usability for an increasingly mature data management infrastructure.