i4Life is carrying out activities in the following three areas – networking activities, provision of services, and research & development. Within these activities specific parts of the project were assigned to individual Work Packages.
The object of the Networking Activities of i4Life is to design and coordinate the cooperation between the partners in the programme – this includes especially the new global partner programmes as well as the Catalogue of Life partners who have already been working together. This is the main networking group for planning, designing, monitoring, agreeing, testing and certificating the pipelines and indexing work across the major programme partners in the project. In particular three new workflows will provide i) regular downloads of the Catalogue of Life, ii) Cross-mapping tools for comparing species checklists, and iii) a Catalogue of Life Piping Tool, for accepting batches of names and taxa, and partitioning them between the Global Species Databases that supply and enhance the Catalogue of Life. The global partner programmes will use these tools to import the Catalogue of Life, to make comparisons, and to import and export relevant taxonomic sectors and batches of names and taxa, depending on the needs of their organisation.
Research & Development
Two of the new workflows will be researched and developed in separate work packages – WP11 Cross-mapping tools, and WP12 CoL Piping Tools. A further five work packages will each involve the global partner programmes in importations, comparisons using the cross-mapping tools in their own computing environments, imports and exports of checklist sectors as needed for their differing goals, and in some cases as supplied to the CoL Piping Tool for the Name and Placement Service of the Catalogue of Life.
Provision of Services
Two of the service work packages will continue the production and service deployment of the Catalogue of Life, primarily using Global Species Databases as taxonomic sources, and the continuing maintenance and enhancement of the production and deployment software. This will also include the preparation of a new Download service, and the maintenance and deployment of the new workflows created across the project. The third workpackage will establish the Name and Taxon Placement Service, using the custodians for the Species 2000 array of Global Species Databases to provide expertise across very many groups, as needed.