Strategic plan to access genomic data
The International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to become an Associate Participant of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
The MOU was signed by iBOL Executive Director, Peter Freeman, at the GBIF Secretariat in Copenhagen on April 12. The photo shows Dr. Freeman (left) with GBIF Deputy Director for Management and International Relations, Hugo von Linstow.
Dr. Freeman said that the species identification and discovery capabilities provided by DNA barcodes would add an important new dimension to GBIF’s biodiversity knowledge base. “We are delighted to accept this invitation to participate in GBIF’s important work,” he said.
Announcing the event, GBIF said that with both the International Barcode of Life Project and the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL) as members, GBIF looks forward to its future collaboration with the DNA barcoding community, especially in line with the organization’s new Strategic Plan to “enhance the capability of accessing and increasing the wealth of genomic data describing ever more of the immense richness of biodiversity still to be discovered”.
iBOL is an international research alliance spanning 26 nations so far. Its task is collecting and curating specimens, gathering their DNA barcodes and building the informatics platform needed to store these records and to enable their use in species identification. iBOL’s phase one target is to build a digital reference library of 5 million barcode records from 500,000 species in five years. Ten Working Groups devoted to different taxonomic groups or habitat types form the core of the activity.
The MOU with iBOL brings the total number of GBIF Participants to 103 – 56 country members and 47 international organizations.