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Recent and planned activities of the IOPI Global Plant Checklist Committee

A Task Group of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA).

Recent and planned activities of the Checklist Committee (CLC) will be reported here periodically.

16 October 2002 - The committee met in Indaiatuba, Sao Paulo State, Brazil, as part of the TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS IN BIODIVERSITY INFORMATICS FORUM

Despite the limited extra funding currently available, we are implementing the procedure proposed in Madrid in 1995, thanks to the continuing goodwill of the various member institutions and individuals. The provisional Checklist now contains several regional datasets and family datasets, including two sets not available elsewhere on the Web: those for Med-Checklist and for the former USSR. A third such set, that for Juncaceae from the SPP 'Flora of the World' treatment, has been added and will be made publicly available soon.

IOPI member Richard Pankhurst has recently received funding from GBIF to complete the first draft of a Rosaceae dataset. He will seek the help of Rosaceae experts from all parts of the world to upgrade the data gradually.

Walter Berendsohn and his team in Berlin have further developed the IOPI data model into the Berlin Taxonomic Information Model . This is now being used in the Global Plant Checklist and will, amongst other improvements, allow specialists to edit their data in the Checklist on-line.

We continue to input other datasets while seeking more funding for IOPI's long-term goal of a fully relational, distributed database system.

Karen Wilson
Convener of Checklist Committee
30 September 2003

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