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GBIF Germany Vertebrates
Dr. Till Töpfer
The German GBIF-node Vertebrates is established at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn. It provides data on vouchers and observations of mammals, birds, fishes, amphibians and reptiles for use in research, teaching and education as well as for the interested public. Data can be searched via an internet portal.
Data provided are voucher specimens from German Research Institutions, supplemented by photos, sound files and literature, but also live observations. They are substantial components of biodiversity research, which often uses vertebrates as model organisms. At present already more than 180,000 data records from vertebrate specimens can be searched, further 50,000 will be added within a short time.
Since 2010, the GBIF node "Vertebrates" is funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) as part of the joint research project "GBIF-D, Kompetenzzentren innovativer Datenmobilisierung".