The overarching goal of iBOL is to build a comprehensive DNA barcode library and to develop the instruments and informatics tools needed to apply barcode technology to real-world problems. The project's research and administrative activities are being undertaken by 26 Working Groups organized under six themes:
Focusing on eukaryote species that are endangered, of particular socio-economic importance or used in environmental assessment as the barcode library expands to cover 500,000 species and five million specimens by 2015.
Developing protocols that will extend the horizons of barcode analysis.
Supporting the ongoing development of the Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD).
Ensuring that project goals are met, funding commitments are kept and achievements are noticed.
Focusing on the Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal and Social aspects of the iBOL research program.