The long-term goal of this task group is to create a distributed, web-based index of all known species--a Catalogue of Life--available as both a Dynamic Checklist and a stabilised Annual Checklist from Species 2000 and ITIS, to facilitate general global access to data on the world's organisms. One component of this is to create and maintain an authoritative distributed database (the Global Plant Checklist) of all plant species.
WSIS action lines related to this activity: Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life
Related MDGs: MDG 7. Ensure environmental sustainability
For the Species 2000 programme, the partners include the International Union of Biological Sciences, International Union of Microbiological Societies, the Fifth EC Environmental Action Programme, Global Biodiversity Information Facility, UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council