The various “barcoding of life” initiatives like the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL), the European Consortium for the Barcode of Life (ECBOL), or the The International Barcode of Life project (iBOL) are currently one of the major sources of new species. BOL projects and principles are helping scientists to discover substantial numbers of cryptic species. New tools have been created to help identify existing taxa and new tools are currently under development to discover the vast majority of the species biodiversity that remains unknown.
BOLD- The Barcode of Life Data Systems is an online workbench that aids collection, management, analysis, and use of DNA barcodes. It consists of 3 components (MAS, IDS, and ECS) that each address the needs of various groups in the barcoding community.
Barcoding of Life Initiatives are part of Work Package 8 in the i4Life Project. There are two parallel activities undertaken within the WP8. Both participants of the work package – KNAW and MIZ-PAS are involved in Barcode activities, however they have got different roles in the Project: KNAW is responsible for managing the European BOLD mirror and it will be involved in developing a pipeline between i4Life and European BOLD Mirror. MIZ-PAS (part of ECBOL) is developing the barcoding Nematode database and it will establish the pipeline for downloading and uploading from the Nematode taxonomy barcode system.
The specification for the BOLD/ECBOL pipelines has been agreed. It is combined of two parts: The Specification for CoL to MIZ-PAS Nematode database pipeline and the specification for CoL to BOLD and BOLD mirrors pipeline (KNAW).