Newlands, Cape Town - South Africa

The South African Biodiversity Information Facility. Your national gateway to biodiversity. SABIF is the South African node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) established by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research as well as members of the scientific community. With the establishment of SANBI, it was felt that the SABIF programme was more in line with the mission of SANBI. Thus 2006 saw the handover of SABIF from the NRF to SANBI. The DST funded SABIF since its establishment in 2003. With the handover of SABIF from NRF in 2006, DST continued its commitment to fund the SABIF under SANBI for 3 years, starting in the 2006-07 financial year and ending at the end of the 2010 financial year.

Since its inception, SABIF has five member data providers namely:
* The South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB)
* The Animal Demography Unit (University of Cape Town)
* Iziko Museums of Cape Town
* The Albany Museum
* The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

The SABIF Secretariat, with the assistance of the Steering Committee intend to build the network of data providers and contributors to the programme, so that the SABIF can best serve the country's needs.

SABIF aims to contribute to South Africa's sustainable development by facilitating access to biodiversity and related information on the internet. The mission of SABIF is to promote the sharing of data and information under a common set of standards by: Developing and maintaining metadatabases; Establishing and maintaining a web portal; Providing funding for data digitisation; Providing funding for data provider interface; Facilitating the development of application tools for data use; Encouraging networking and co-ordination of activities.