GFIS is a collaborative initiative that allows sharing of forest-related information through a single gateway. The information resources accessible through GFIS are freely available, and provide direct access to the original information. GFIS offers information exchange and dissemination tools for partners to share their information resources easily through the gateway. GFIS is an open system to which information providers, using agreed information exchange standards, may contribute content. GFIS defines elements that are intended to assist contributors in increasing access to their materials.
Currently, GFIS supports the following types of information: News, Events, Recent, publications, Library and document collections, Datasets and Databases and Job vacancies (see Guidelines). GFIS provides a powerful search tool and browsing capability for latest news, events, publications and job opportunities.
GFIS as a Partnership
GFIS is built as a global partnership, across sectors and institutions, and aims to maximize the value of all forest information resources and providers worldwide. Through a bottom-up approach, partners determine the volume, coverage and type of information they would like to share through GFIS. Partnership arrangements will assist in identifying key information resources and in using common formats, means and methods by which the information is made available to GFIS. The underlying assumption behind the development of GFIS is that its partners share a common need for information sharing that can be addressed most effectively through collaboration. Towards this end, GFIS seeks to develop a system of partnership with a variety of organizations and levels of participation that form the GFIS community.