International Organization for Plant Information
Commission of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) and a member of Species 2000

The Global Plant Checklist Project

A Global Plant Checklist, encompassing about 300,000 vascular plant species and over 1,000,000 names, is the first priority. Eventually, the Checklist will include nonvascular plants (mosses, lichens, algae, and liverworts).

This checklist is essential if humanity is to manage plant biodiversity efficently and sustainably. It will serve as a taxonomic backbone on which users can append their more specialized information.

This is a complex and time consuming task that will require an unparalleled degree of worldwide cooperation. IOPI's broad strategy in preparing the Checklist is to merge data sources held by member organizations (e.g. databases, floras, monographic treatments, and herbarium data) into a computer-accessible format. The merged data will be edited for consistency by a worldwide network of specialists. The Checklist will become increasingly useful through refinements from taxonomic editing and the incorporation of additional data sets. It will be available as both a dynamic database and periodic hard copy publication.

The Global Plant Checklist project is organized by the IOPI Checklist Committee (CLC) which developed a detailed project plan, which is being revised. Planning of computer system resources for this and other IOPI projects is done by the IOPI Information System Committee (ISC). A list of data definitions for the initial edition of the checklist was prepared by the Data Definition and Standards working group (DDS) of the CLC. An extensive data model for the management of checklist information has been developed by the ISC since 1993.

The PROVISIONAL CHECKLIST is OPERATING! Check to see what other datasets have been added since your last visit.

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