FinBIF is like a scale model of the global biodiversity informatics landscape for the species information. The service missions include combining processes and services generating digital data with sourcing, collating, integrating and distributing existing digital data. FinBIF includes digitisation of collections, the development of data systems for collections and observations, and the construction of a national DNA barcode reference library. Data types FinBIF manages mainly verbal species descriptions (including drawings, pictures and other media types), master taxonomy, scientific collection specimens, opportunistic systematic and event-based observations, and DNA barcodes. Data flows are managed under a single IT architecture, services are delivered through the same on-line portal, collaboration coheres under a single umbrella concept, and development visions are presented to funders under one brand. The portal Laji.fi is the gateway to the harmonised open data. FinBIF’s service portal is available in Finnish, Swedish and English. Restricted-use data go to authorities via a separate portal. Open data are also channelled to international systems (e.g. GBIF).