ENBI is the European contribution to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The business plan of GBIF gives priority to the vast objective to make primary biodiversity data globally available. In first instance GBIF is restricted to taxonomic data and to biological collection and specimen data, as well as to promoting the common access and interoperability between these databases. ENBI follows these priorities by concentrating on databases at the European scale and on activities that need co-operation at a European level. ENBI also explores the potential of tools to apply the biodiversity data as such, or in combination with other categories of data. In addition, ENBI focuses on the market of end-users with special attention on processes to develop specific products and services. A strong network will be established and maintained by bringing together the major stakeholders in the field of biodiversity information. Members of the network are the co-ordinating institutes of past and current EU biodiversity projects, and the (designated) institutes that act as, or host, the national GBIF-nodes. Also the NAS countries are represented in ENBI. The activities of ENBI are co-ordinated with those of the European Community Clearing-House Mechanism and the European Environmental Agency.