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The Global Registry of Biodiversity Repositories (GRBio)

GRBio is the first-ever consolidated, comprehensive clearinghouse of information about biological collections in natural history museums, herbaria, and other biorepositories.  This online-registry is a source for authoritative information about collections as well as validated, standardized data such as addresses, contacts, and values for the Darwin Core identifiers for institutions (institutionCode) and collections (collectionCode).  Personal collections can also be registered here, whether they belong to private collectors or are research collections that haven't yet been accessioned into an institutional collection.

If you encounter any problems or have any questions, please contact GRBio by using the link at the bottom right corner of every screen.
A Call for Community Curation
Entering and updating information about your institution and its collections will make them part of the global network of biodiversity information.  Unfortunately there are still approximately 130 institutional identifiers that have been used by more than one institution, making their meaning ambiguous.  Your help is needed to resolve these ambiguities.
If you are associated (or have information) with one of the ~300 institutions that has used one of these ambiguous Institution Codes, please provide this information by filling out this online form. The CBOL staff will update the listing of ambiguous InstitutionIDs as information is received.
GRBio’s Goals and Structure
GRBio has two main goals:

  • To improve access to information about biorepositories, the collections and specimens they house, and the researchers and collection managers who work there, and
  • To facilitate electronic linkages to this information through web services that will rely on unique identifiers assigned to biorepositories and collections.

GRBio includes four categories of data records that provide information on:

  • Institutional repositories such as museums, herbaria, botanical gardens, zoos, biomedical research institutes and culture centers;
  • Institutional collection records such as the bird, algal or insect collections within an institutional repository;
  • Personal collections such as field samples held by a researcher before they have been accessioned into an institutional collection, or privately owned specimens held by non-researchers; and
  • Staff members at institutional repositories

Index Herbariorum records have been incorporated into GRBio and they will continue to be treated as before.  The New York Botanical Garden will oversee the review of IH records and all the previous functions of IH have been incorporated into GRBio, with certain improvements.

The Globally Unique Identifiers (GUIDs) assigned to collections by BCI have also been preserved in GRBio, along with BCI’s web services.