In 2018, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has included in its roadmap the creation of a new infrastructure called the National Biodiversity Data Centre (PNDB). The PNDB's missions are part of a FAIR (Easy to Find, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) approach, and consist in
- providing access to datasets and metadata, associated services and products derived from the analyses
- promoting scientific leadership to identify gaps and foster the emergence of community-driven systems of users and producers
- facilitate the sharing of practices with other research communities, encourage the sharing of data and their reuse, and be part of the reflection on the future Earth System infrastructure.
- promote coherence with national, European and international efforts concerning access to and use of biodiversity research data and the promotion of products and services.
The PNDB is supported by the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, more specifically by the UMS 2006 PatriNat, a MNHN CNRS and AFB unit. The project is closely linked with the FRB and several of its founding institutions (AFB, BRGM, CIRAD, CNRS, Ifremer, INERIS, INRA, IRD, IRSTEA, MNHN, Univ. Montpellier).