Global Index of Vegetation-Plot Databases (GIVD)

This metadatabase shall provide an overview of existing vegetation data worldwide, allow researchers to retrieve suitable data to prepare specific research, and thus enhance the awareness and application of this valuable but underestimated source of biodiversity information. Pronouncing the acronym GIVD is intended to remind of the "gift" that database hosts offer to the scientific community by facilitating the use of their data by other scientists.

In GIVD, you find metadata about major vegetation-plot databases of the world. This will help you to retrieve suitable data sources for the analyses you plan and to get into contact with their hosts. You can get an overview of and search within the registered databases here.

Already 237 databases with 3,595,774 vegetation plots are registered.

Registering your own database will greatly increase the visibility of your database and help to attract users of your data and thus potential cooperation partners for you. Uploading your data will cost you approximately 1/2 hour of well-invested time.

GIVD presents a Special Volume of Biodiversity & Ecology

We are very pleased to announce that the print version of "Biodiversity & Ecology, Volume 4: Vegetation databases for the 21st century" was finally published on 10 September 2012 and the open-access online version on 24 September 2012. The volume has been presented at the conference of the Central European Ecological Society (GfÖ) on 12 September in Lüneburg, Germany.

In our publication list, you can find all articles of this volume.

Alternatively you can visit the journal's website:

Orders of the print version via

Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology of Plants
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University of Hamburg
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22609 Hamburg, Germany
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