Ecosystems on the earth are constructed by various organisms that interact with each other. As a species on earth, humans benefit from biodiversity in many ways, from food, clothing, and shelter to economic activities. To maintain biodiversity for the future, it is necessary to understand the mechanisms and preserve the biodiversity.
To share biodiversity information in the world and create a mechanism that anyone can freely access, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) conducts the following activities: (1) development of biodiversity information infrastructure to be used for research and policy decision purposes, (2) accumulation and provision of biodiversity information, (3) development of information accumulation and analysis tools, and (4) support of activities and development of skills related to biodiversity information. Japan Initiative for Biodiversity Information (JBIF, formerly GBIF Japan Node) promotes the use of biodiversity data in Japan and disseminates its presence to the world. The National Museum of Nature and Science provides biodiversity information utilizing the network of natural history museums. The University of Tokyo is in charge of collecting domestic and foreign information and standardizing biodiversity information.