One of the tasks in the project was to establish a workflow that delivers refreshed instances of Catalogue of Life taxonomy within the very heterogeneous working platforms and portals of the global programme partners (GBIF, EBI, ECBOL, IUCN and LifeWatch), using a CoL download service as its base.
During the Initial meeting of the i4Life project on 18-19 Nov 2010 the download workflow which will provide download service from the Catalogue of Life to Global Partners was discussed. At that meeting the DarwinCore Archive (DwC-A) format was proposed as the format for download. To meet expressed expectations we propose a solution for extending the download service. Instead of providing the service in a single download format it is possible to create a comprehensive download service which will serve the Global Partners as well as other users of the CoL.