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WG 1.11 – Barcoding Biotas

Chair: Christopher Meyer, National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C., USA Vice-chair: Sarah Adamowicz, University of Guelph, Canada This initiative will assemble barcode libraries providing comprehensive coverage for all eukaryote species at single sites, contrasting with other iBOL efforts that focus on particular taxonomic groups. This work will lead to protocols enabling the barcode registration […]

WG 5.5 – Governance and Knowledge Mobilization

Chair: David Castle University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK Research Problem and Objectives One standard for evaluating GE3LS integration is the salience of GE3LS research to the scientific program. This subject-matter focused criterion ensures that GE3LS researchers are focused on iBOL in their research and dissemination of findings through traditional peer review journals and policy outlets. […]

WG 5.4 – Education Initiatives for Schools and Media

Chair: David Secko Concordia University, Montreal, Canada Research Problem and Objectives This project recognizes the need to develop educational resources as first step in creating a suitable environment for further public engagement activities in the new technology of DNA barcoding. iBOL activities need this educational base to avoid the risk of an undernourished environment for […]

WG 5.3 – Intellectual Property and Knowledge Management

Chair: Richard Gold McGill University, Montreal, Canada Research Problem and Objectives IBOL has a data release policy that requires the deposition of specimen data, taxon name/identifier and genetic data in a public database – the Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD). A coordinated release of data to GenBank and BOLD ensures twin objectives of quality […]

WG 5.2 – Regulation and International Trade

Chair: Peter Phillips University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada Research Focus and Objectives International trade can benefit from barcoding technology to give precise identification to the species level of traded commodities, as well as preserving identity chains where close substitutes or counterfeits disrupt economics and trust between partners. Barcoding is relevant in these respects to trade […]

WG 5.1 – Equitable Use of Genetic Resources

Chair: Tania Bubela University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada Research Problem and Objectives Access to genetic resources and associated local and indigenous knowledge from many sources and countries is critical to the success of iBOL, but gives rise to complex and intertwined social and scientific concerns relating to the equitable distribution of benefits arising from science, […]

WG 2.4 – Environmental Barcoding

Sequencing on a massive scale Chair: Mehrdad Hajibabaei, Biodiversity Instittue of Ontario, Guelph, Canada Vice-chair: Markus Pfenninger, J. W. Goethe-Universitat,Frankfurt, Germany Studies have established that ‘mini-barcode’ fragments provide resolution close to that obtained from full-length barcodes for fishes, insects and mammals. This is important for two reasons. First, biological material with fragmented and degraded DNA, […]

WG 3.2 – Mirrors

Data security and functionality Chair: Juncai Ma Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China Vice-chair: Vincent Robert Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures Utrecht,The Netherlands BOLD is currently maintained and developed at a single location. Mirror sites will strengthen data security and ensure that system upgrades can be accomplished without transient disruption of services. iBOL is […]

WG 3.1 – Core Functionality

Managing the data deluge Chair: Sujeevan Ratnasingham Biodiversity Institute of Ontario,Guelph, Canada iBOL will generate five million barcode records, placing huge demands on the capacity of the BOLD informatics team to assimilate and curate data. Moreover, early barcode studies have focused almost exclusively on animals but protocols are now emerging for plants, protists and fungi. […]

WG 4.2 – Communications

  Chair: David Schindel,Executive Secretary, Consortium for the Barcode of Life,National Museum of Natural History, Washington, USA Vice-chair: Mark Stoeckle Program for the Human Environment, Rockefeller University,New York City, USA With collaborators working in every region of the world, effective communication within and among iBOL nodes and working groups is a key element of a […]


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