International Organization for Plant Information
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IOPI Members and committees

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You can apply for membership using this form.

Membership is open to any organization or individual who is willing to contribute to the achievement of IOPI's objectives. Once elected, membership continues so long as the member continues to participate actively in the work of IOPI.

There are two classes of membership: Participating Centre members and Individual members. Participating Centres are institutions, departments or other kinds of organizations who wish to participate as a whole in the work of IOPI; Individual members may participate in their own right or as representatives of Participating Centres.

As a voluntary collaborative organization, IOPI depends on authoritative input from its members (both botanical and computing) to achieve its objectives. Additional botanists and computer staff will be employed to assist members in making their contributions, as funds become available. Since its formation in September 1991, IOPI has had a steadily increasing membership, currently over 90 Participating Centre members and 30 Individual members, in 50 countries spread around the world. Currently, members are mostly botanists and computer scientists but membership is being extended to others concerned about the lack of global plant information.

Members are entitled to:

  • Participate in all meetings and activities of IOPI;

  • Receive discussion documents, announcements and such other products as the governing body may, from time to time, determine;

  • Stand for election to any office within IOPI, according to the Constitution (copies of which are available from the Secretary of IOPI).

Benefits to participants in the Global Plant Checklist project include general access to the whole IOPI database. In addition, those who provide datasets will benefit from taxonomic, regional and editorial review by other IOPI specialists around the world, resulting in feedback of additional data to their own projects. IOPI will place these important regional and taxonomic datasets in a global context, and make this information available to a much larger audience than might otherwise be the case. Members will be kept informed of progress in the Checklist and other projects and of availability of products such as publications and new database versions accessible electronically. All publications will be available to members on special terms.

Applications for membership of either class should be submitted in writing with support from two members of IOPI who have knowledge of the potential contribution of the nominee to the work of IOPI. Nominations may be sent at any time to the Secretary or Chair of IOPI, who will submit them first to the Council for scrutiny before submitting them for approval by members at a General Meeting of IOPI.

IOPI Council and Committees

IOPI is governed by a Council made up of elected members plus several appointed members representing founder members and supporting organizations. See the constitution for details. Each activity of IOPI is run by a committee, and each committee sets up working groups as needed. Currently, there are three committees:

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