BOLD, the Barcode of Life Data Systems, is the central database of DNA barcoding research community. It is a web platform that supports the assembly, analysis, publication, and application of DNA barcodes. Its primary goals are to increase the volume, diversity and quality of barcode data, and to provide the analytical tools necessary to maximize the use of this information. BOLD is used by scientists, students, and industry in over 200 countries and is widely recognized as a critical resource in enabling the understanding and monitoring of our biological world. BOLD is a key technology resource for this project.
The International Barcode of Life project is a consortium of research institutions from 26 nations with a single focus - advance species identification through the use of DNA barcodes. The iBOL secretariat is hosted at the University of Guelph and is lead by Dr. Paul Hebert, the scientific visionary behind DNA Barcoding. This project is taking on a seemingly impossible challenge - catalogue ALL the species on the planet - a challenge that 250 years of scientific effort has not met. Progress from this project's global team over the past 10 years has shown that such a task could be completed in 20 years.
SAP SE (Systems, Applications & Products in Data Processing) is a German multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. SAP is headquartered in Walldorf, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, with regional offices in 130 countries. SAP has extensive logistics and design expertise in information and communications technology. They are a key informatics technology resource for this project.
DNA Genotek develops innovative products that support the collection and analysis of biological samples. They have expertise in the development of chemistry and protocols that preserve DNA and enable its rapid and accurate analysis. DNA Genotek products are marketed worldwide and support thousands of customers as they achieve breakthroughs in genomic research. DNA Genotek is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and is a key wet-lab technology partner.