What information about biodiversity is concerned ?
The information concerned refers to the species (nomenclature, affinities phylogenetic, ethologic characteristics éco-, chorology...), as well as the specimen (scientific name of the species to which it belongs, date and place of capture, discharge point, legatee, statute...) and with its derivatives (genetic preparations, cultures, sequences, photographs...) and concerns all living organisms (from bacteria to the higher plants, from protozoa to the primates).
Does the integration of non-revised information make sense ?
By principle, the GBIF International does not guarantee and does not take any responsibility for the scientific validity of information provided.
Within the framework of the GBIF.ch projects, it was decided that the institutions which hold the information judge if the validity is sufficient by weighing up the application range, the quality and the level of classification of the collections they manage.
How to treat "confidential" data ?
According to the principle that the information introduced into the global network is regarded as free (accessible without restriction to each person participating or not in the joint effort). This does not deteriorate by any means the obligation that any user has to comply with the international rules considering the rights of intellectual ownership.
In this context, GBIF formally commits itself not to claim any rights on the circulating information, and attempts to guarantee the systematic recognition of its source and to strictly respect any restriction adopted by its supplier concerning the nature of its content.
Only the filtered data provided by the institution will be integrated into the GBIF structure. Therefore, the confidentiality of protected data can be guaranteed.
Who has access to GBIF data ?
Any person having access to the Internet navigating via either, the Swiss Node or the GBIF international.