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.

NBN Atlas Timeline

May 2016 – NBN Atlas Scotland launched

April 2017 – NBN Atlas and NBN Atlas Wales launched

April 2018 – NBN Atlas Isle of Man launched

April 2019 – beta version of NBN Atlas Northern Ireland launched.

You can find out more about these projects by clicking on the relevant links.

This work on the NBN Atlas intends 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.