Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Connecting the taxonomic community and the names infrastructure community
Christina Flann

Building: Elmia Congress Centre, Jönköping
Room: Rum 10
Date: 2014-10-27 11:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Last modified: 2014-10-03


The Catalogue of Life (CoL) is the most authoritative species index available, covering almost 1.6 million species and providing critical species information on synonymy, higher taxa, and common names. The CoL represents the opinion of the global taxonomic community in a single resource (based on contributions of over 140 Global Species Databases and some 3,000 specialists). It underpins many biodiversity information services. This contribution will address what remains to be done and look at possibilities to work with other names initiatives such as the Nomenclators (International Plant Names Index, ZooBank, Index Fungorum,  etc.) and associated registration systems for new names, Global Names Architecture (GN), Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Biodiversity Heritage Library and next generation publications such as Pensoft journals. There are many opportunities to collaborate and share the work to ensure a seamless system for users to access all knowledge about names.

We need to move towards a Next Generation Name Resolution Service. An important aspect is offering a compelling reason why doing this addresses needs of stakeholders and users. GBIF and CoL have recently started focussing on producing National Checklists. This fulfils a clear stakeholder interest and shows why we need comprehensive synonymised lists. The aim of fully synonymised lists is within view, we will discuss how to harness the available tools and make it a reality.