OpenPSD: Promoting publication and use of private-sector data on biodiversity


Share biodiversity data through GBIF - an invitation to the private sector

Share biodiversity data through GBIF - an invitation to the private sector from GBIF on Vimeo.


A significant amount of biodiversity data are recorded every year by private companies. These data are reported on Environmental Impact Assessment studies and monitoring programs to national agencies, but most often the data remains locked in reports and thus unavailable to the wider society.

There are several reasons for this, such as: (i) biodiversity data is not in the core businesses of private companies owning the data, especially if studies are subcontracted to biodiversity consultants; (ii) companies may fail to identify incentives to allocate resources for opening data to society; (iii) companies may fail to identify clear pathways and tools to publish open data; (iv) data might be unstructured within company departments or partners, not properly curated or managed; (v) companies may be reluctant to share data that may be used in unintended ways; and (vi) companies may be unaware of national requirements for open data publication with public co-funding.

Considering the experiences of the Norwigian and Portuguese Nodes of GBIF - countries where private companies are already sharing their FAIR and open data - this project will develop activities of mentorship, workshops, content and documents to promote ad engage the private sector into publishing and using biodiversity data. Moreover, the Nodes from Colombia, France and Spain will use this experience to develop strategies to promote the engagement in their own countries.

The colaboration form the private sector and from the academy is essencial, and two companies are partners in this project: EDP - Energias de Portugal and Asplan Viak AS (Norway), as they are already GBIF. publishers. EDP receives assistence from a research laboratory, CiBIO/ InBIO, and both companies will be part of workshops, where they will share their experience and knowlegde regarding the process with the others.


Specific objectives are:

i) the identification of activities sectors  and typologies of private companies, and their roles as biodiversity data owners or producers;

ii) to provide guidance on developing internal documentation for private companies, covering open data, GBIF, benefits for the company and the society, indicators, licensing, recognition, costs and a roadmap to become a data publisher;

iii) to provide opportunities for experience exchange between companies about motivation and benefits, through workshops and promotion materials. The project will produce deliverables such as a toolkit, that will help GBIF nodes to develop strategies to engage with the private sector.

Results and outputs



Share biodiversity data through GBIF - an invitation to the private sector

Share biodiversity data through GBIF - an invitation to the private sector from GBIF on Vimeo.



Guidance for private companies to become data publishers through GBIF

Template document to support the internal authorization process to become a GBIF publisher



Leaflet for companies

Leaflet for companies about GBIF, how to publish, why share, benefits, data types, licenses and how to share. Available in portuguese and english. For other languages, see here.




€ 19,500


€ 32,500


1 Jun 2019 - 31 May 2020

Project identifier


Funded by

Capacity Enhancement Support Programme 


Co-funded by

GBIF Spain - GBIF Colombia - GBIF France - GBIF Norway - GBIF Portugal

Project leader

GBIF Spain


GBIF Portugal, GBIF Norway, GBIF Colombia, GBIF France, CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto EDP - Energias de Portugal,  Asplan Viak AS


Cristina Villaverde

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Plaza de Murillo, 2

28014 Madrid