BIOSCAN Strategic Plan: Impact

BIOSCAN Strategic Plan: Impact

One of the strategic goals identified for BIOSCAN is to deliver high-value data and support innovative research and public interest.

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


Deliver data and knowledge products that maximise the ability of science and society to explore and interpret species richness and patterns of biodiversity.

The Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) platform, supported by the rich data associated with most barcode specimens, has contributed significantly to the success and growth of iBOL. The capabilities of BOLD and of the new Multiplex Barcode Research And Visualization Environment (mBRAVE) jointly serve as a powerful workbenches for thousands of researchers and hundreds of projects.

BIOSCAN will continue to enhance these platforms and to deliver data products and tools that increase benefits to researchers, governments, industry, and the public. This will be achieved by ensuring that BOLD, mBRAVE, and future tools serve as a best-practice digital research infrastructure, by seeking resources or partnerships to create channels for new audiences to use the data, and by engaging in dialog with current and potential stakeholder groups to understand their requirements and to optimize solutions.

  1. Enhance BOLD and mBRAVE to support the functional needs of target audiences, including support to accelerate description of well-defined species represented by BINs and to facilitate the use of metabarcoding data in environmental management: Work with current and potential user communities to ensure that BIOSCAN data are delivered in optimal forms to meet their needs.
  2. Ensure that the materials and sequences underlying any BIN and the algorithms used to organise BINs are clear and well documented with metadata: Follow best practice for open data and open science so that the basis and validity of all aspects of barcoding and metabarcoding results can readily be understood and assessed.
  3. Ensure that BINs are persistent and that changes over time in the set of associated materials are well documented and discoverable: Develop the BIN system as a stable contribution to digital exploration and description of biodiversity and to computable tracking of OTU concepts over time.
  4. Ensure that data in BOLD and mBRAVE are to the fullest extent possible, well documented and accessible under open licenses and following the FAIR principles: Follow best practice internationally for accessibility and reuse of BIOSCAN data.
  5. Develop tools and engage with taxonomists and other experts to curate BINs and their associated scientific names and classification: Facilitate expert review, curation and annotation of BINs and their associated OTUs to ensure correct use of scientific names. Discuss
  6. Work with INSDC for increased synergy and data exchange, improved curation, and good citation for data from the iBOL community: Streamline processes for data submission and reuse to reduce burden on researchers and enable them easily and efficiently to contribute sequences for access through multiple infrastructures.
  7. Work with GBIF for increased discovery, reuse, and citation of data from the iBOL community as part of the global knowledge base for biodiversity and species distributions: Ensure that spatial evidence from BIOSCAN feeds efficiently into global datasets for understanding and managing biodiversity.
  8. Raise the profile and understanding of DNA barcoding and metabarcoding in the context of intergovernmental initiatives and agreements, including CBD, IPBES, FAO, and CITES: Address concerns and highlight benefits from broad international adoption of barcoding solutions to address global needs.
  9. Work with regulatory bodies and their officers to embed barcoding and metabarcoding solutions within operational processes for conservation, biosecurity, health, food security, and product certification: Support the needs of governments for cost-effective approaches reliably to identify species and to assess biodiversity.
  10. Engage with citizen science groups, naturalists’ societies, and local communities as partners in DNA-based survey and monitoring efforts: Identify methods and practices that enable the widest possible range of stakeholders to contribute samples, DNA, sequences and other benefits to BIOSCAN.

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