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iBOL, short for the International Barcode of Life project, uses sequence diversity in short, standardized gene regions as a tool for identifying  and discover species. Since launched in late 2010, the core mission of iBOL is extending the geographic and taxonomic coverage of the barcode reference library -- Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) -- storing the resulting barcode records, providing community access to the knowledge they represent and creating new devices to ensure global access to this information. Within five years, iBOL participants will gather DNA barcode records from five million specimens, representing at least 500,000 species. iBOL is the largest biodiversity genomics initiative ever undertaken. Now, there are 28 nations from America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia joined in this project. China is one of the four central nodes of iBOL. See for details.
The Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL) is an international initiative devoted to developing DNA barcoding as a global standard for the identification of biological species. Established in 2004 through support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, CBOL promotes barcoding through Working Groups, networks, workshops, conferences, outreach, and training. CBOL has 200 Member Organizations from 50 countries and operates from a Secretariat Office located in the Smithsonian Institution‘s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. See for details.