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BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems

Current Statistics:

2,891,971 specimens
192,480 named species

What is BOLD?

www.boldsystems.org

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) is the go-to site for DNA-based identification. As the central informatics platform for DNA barcoding, BOLD plays a crucial role in assimilating and organizing data gathered by the international barcode research community.

BOLD is an informatics workbench for the acquisition, storage, analysis and publication of DNA barcode records. It bridges a long-standing bioinformatics chasm by assembling molecular, morphological and distributional data.

It also provides specialized services to researchers, helping them to assemble records that meet the standards for BARCODE designation in global sequence databases.

BOLD is multi-functional:

Visualize

Interpret

Identify

Browse

Share

Publish

 

BOLD and iBOL

Two iBOL Working Groups are supporting the ongoing development of BOLD:

WG 3.1 is focusing on core functionality to ensure that BOLD has the capacity to host sequence records for new barcode regions (plants, protists and fungi) and to reconfigure the platform incorporating new functions, especially an improved user interface and graphics.

WG 3.2 is overseeing the development of several geographically distributed mirror sites to strengthen data security and web site functionality.

www.boldsystems.org

 

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