BIOSCAN Strategic Plan: Community

BIOSCAN Strategic Plan: Community

One of the strategic goals identified for BIOSCAN is to develop the international community needed to support the program.

Please use this topic to discuss the Community goal and how iBOL can implement the strategies identified below.


Build and support a global community of practice with the skills and linkages needed to survey and monitor all species via barcoding and metabarcoding.

BIOSCAN needs to engage stakeholders in all countries to understand the potential of a cheap DNA-based identification system for all the world’s species, and to work together to resolve remaining challenges and to apply barcoding tools to support innovative research and improved management of natural and managed systems.

Achieving this objective will involve efforts to engage researchers, government representatives, NGOs, consultants, citizen scientists, and local communities from all countries as partners in BIOSCAN’s activities. It will involve development of close alliances with organisations working in other areas of genomic research, taxonomy, ecology, environmental monitoring, and conservation. It will involve preparation and dissemination of clear information resources and training materials in forms and language appropriate to each of these groups.

  1. Expand national membership and participation in the iBOL consortium: Support barcoding initiatives in all regions and nurture strong national communities of researchers able to participate in all aspects of BIOSCAN.
  2. Develop online community to engage interested stakeholders in BIOSCAN discussions and planning: Use web-based communications tools to build a strong community of practice and to facilitate collaborative activity throughout the network.
  3. Maintain a culture throughout iBOL activities that welcomes and nurtures involvement by all: Ensure that iBOL functions as an inclusive and supportive community for researchers and stakeholders from all backgrounds.
  4. Deliver tools and infrastructure that support the needs of stakeholder communities: Recognise the diverse perspectives and needs of collaborators in different regions and communities, and work with them to deliver value from BIOSCAN.
  5. Build capacity by producing and disseminating clear documentation and training materials to support rapid adoption of barcoding: Work collaboratively to develop the needed range of support materials relating to all aspects of BIOSCAN to enable rapid adoption and contribution by new partners.
  6. Develop partnerships with other biodiversity genomics networks to create synergies across sampling, sequencing, bioinformatics and preservation: Map common interests and opportunities to combine efforts and maximise benefits from sample collection, DNA extraction, sequencing and bioinformatics investments.
  7. Develop partnerships with networks and communities engaged in prokaryotic genomics and metagenomics: Collaborate to ensure that metagenomics solutions and tools efficiently support exploration of all kingdoms of life.
  8. Develop partnerships with ecological and environmental monitoring networks: Develop and adopt protocols that integrate efficiently with broader efforts to survey and monitor ecosystems. Discuss