Informatics Platforms

serving the needs of a global research community

Functional, dynamic, and secure informatics platforms play a critical role in supporting the research activities of the iBOL Consortium. Over the past decade, BOLD has established itself as the global workbench for the assembly, analysis, and publication of DNA barcode records. In a similar fashion, mBRAVE will provide the storage, validation, analysis, and publication capacity to meet the challenges of highly multiplexed projects based on high-throughput sequencing (HTS) instruments.

29,000 users from 200 nations with a million site visitors


barcode index numbers (species proxy)

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD)

As the central informatics platform for iBOL, BOLD is the online workbench and database that supports the assembly and use of DNA barcode data. It bridges a long-standing bioinformatics chasm by assembling molecular, morphological, and distributional data while facilitating the sharing of that data across a large network of users. It also provides specialized services to researchers, helping them to assemble records that meet the standards for barcode designation in global sequence databases.


BOLD supports 1000+ institutions across nations in the secure sharing of biodiversity and DNA sequence data.

Multiplex barcode research and visualization environment

mBRAVE is a multi-user platform supporting the storage, validation, analysis, and publication of highly multiplexed projects based on high-throughput sequencing (HTS) instruments. This system builds on the BOLD Platform to support species identification and discovery for HTS data.

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