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Partner: Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)

This is one of a series of barcoding partner profiles.



The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is an online reference and database for all 1.9 million species currently known to science, and will stay current by capturing information on newly discovered and formally described species. EOL aims to help all of us better understand life on our…
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Added by InfoBot on March 12, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Partner: Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

This is one of a series of barcoding partner profiles.





The Global Biodiversity Information Facility, GBIF, enables free and open access to biodiversity data online by providing an information infrastructure, community-developed tools, standards and protocols, and building capacity through training, access to experts, and mentoring programs.…
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Project: All Birds Barcoding Initiative (ABBI)

This is one of a series of barcoding project profiles.



ABBI, the All Birds Barcoding Initiative, is a campaign to collect DNA barcodes from 5 or more individuals of all of the approximately 10,000 bird species in the world. The ABBI DNA barcode library will help speed discovery of new species, open new avenues for scientific investigation, and…
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Partner: Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding (CCDB)

This is one of a series of barcoding partner profiles.



The Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding, CCDB, is dedicated to advancing species identification and discovery through the analysis of short, standardized gene regions known as DNA barcodes.



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Project: Formicidae Barcode of Life

This is one of a series of barcoding project profiles.



The Ant Barcode of Life campaign aims to build a comprehensive COI barcode reference library for the more than 12,000 species of ant in the world. Fulfilling such an ambitious goal is not an easy task, and the project is expected to be a long-term research program.



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Project: Plant Working Group (PlantWG)

This is one of a series of barcoding project profiles.


CBOL's Plant Working Group (PlantWG) focuses on the urgent need to reach a consensus on the standard barcoding regions for plants and to develop subsequent best practices and databases.



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News: 2nd Conference of the European Consortium for the Barcode of Life (ECBOL2): 2010 International Year of Biodiversity

Date: 2 June 2010

Location: University of Minho, Braga, Portugal



Description: Dear Colleagues You are cordially invited to participate in the 2nd Conference of the European Consortium for the Barcode of Life (ECBOL2): 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, to be held from 2 to 4 of June 2010 at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.… Continue

Added by InfoBot on March 12, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Partner: Barcode of Life Data Portal (BDP)

This is one of a series of barcoding partner profiles.



The Barcode of Life Data Portal is a product of the CBOL Data Analysis Working Group (DAWG) and is designed to be a central hub for the computational analysis of DNA barcodes. It is built around the "Barcode Aggregator" database, which pull stogether all publicly available barcode records…
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Added by InfoBot on March 12, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

New Poll, New Newsletter, New Security Measures (Broadcast Message)

Hello Barcoders!



We’ve had lots of activity over the last month, including the release of the first edition of the iBOL newsletter, the Barcode Bulletin! You can read the actual periodical via PDF or Flash, and you can leave your comment on our…

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Added by Kris Jett on March 3, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Barcoding, CBOL and International Conventions

There is an alphabet soup of UN Conventions dealing with biodiversity and one of CBOL's roles is to promote barcoding in all of them. In representing barcoding to these international conventions, CBOL is trying to do several things:

  • Raise awareness about how barcoding can be used to document and protect biodiversity,
  • Promoting global involvement in barcoding,
  • Removing obstacles and dispelling misinformation, and
  • Looking for opportunities for partners,…
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Added by David E. Schindel on March 1, 2010 at 6:33pm — 1 Comment

Connect How Tos: Effectively Managing a Group

As there are now over 30 groups in the Connect site, it seems like a perfect time to discuss the best practices for getting the most out of your group. So for Group Managers (and members, too), here are a few tips:



Build Group Membership

Step 1 with any community is: Build Your Membership. It won't be much of a group if you only have a small percentage of your potential constituents involved. So I would recommend inviting your colleagues, those already on Connect… Continue

Added by Matthew Fisher on February 12, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

In the beginning..

Hello all! As things are starting to settle into place on the community network I can finally start to shift my efforts to direct participation instead of the higher-level research and development of infrastructure and tools. Not to say that development of features will slow down or cease-- our friends at Night Kitchen Interactive are still diligently testing and implementing new tools, applications and assets to make Connect even more useful to the barcoding crowd. Speaking of which-- if… Continue

Added by Kris Jett on January 27, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

DNAHouse and the Education/Outreach side of Barcoding

The Mexico City Barcode Conference created a lot of buzz in the press, including coverage in the Wall Street Journal. It was important and valuable and fun to see public interest in barcoding. But a meeting of 350 barcode researchers took a back seat to two NY high school students when it came to putting barcoding into the news. Brenda Tan and Matthew Cost, two students at Trinity School in NY, with help from… Continue

Added by David E. Schindel on January 22, 2010 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Tag Cloud of Connect.BarcodeofLife.net

Here is a tag cloud I generated of all of the activity on Connect.BarcodeofLife.net since launch:





There are many ways to generate a tag cloud. To create this one, I used the free online tools TagCrowd.com and Google Reader. First, I subscribed to the… Continue

Added by Matthew Fisher on December 18, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

New Features, Poll, and Wishlist (Broadcast Message)

Hello Barcoders!…

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Added by Kris Jett on December 16, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Connect How Tos: Uploading Photos and Videos

The second post in an ongoing series explaining how to make the most of this online community...



You might have noticed that we now have Photos and Videos sections on the site. We’ve already started adding images and videos from the Mexico conference, and we want to encourage you to add your own barcoding media.



So how does this work? Well, there are a variety of ways to go about it. Both of these new services allow you to quickly and easily upload… Continue

Added by Matthew Fisher on December 11, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Connect How Tos: Group-starting etiquette

The first post in an ongoing series explaining how to make the most of this online community...



I just received a question from a member asking about when members should start new groups as opposed to joining existing ones. As many people come from an interdisciplinary background, their interests might span a variety of taxonomic areas and thus groups, while no one single group will speak to all of their interests. Of course you should join as many groups as are relevant to… Continue

Added by Matthew Fisher on November 30, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Mosquito barcoding presented at the Third International Barcoding Conference in Mexico

On the opening day of the Third international Barcoding Conference, Mexico, Dr Yvonne Linton, on behalf of the MBI consortium presented barcode data for 1900 specimens, corresponding to some 174 recognised mosquito species. Significantly, some 46 cryptic taxa were additionally recovered using DNA barcodes, indicating that mosquito biodiversity may currently be under-represented by some 26%. Introgression, as evidenced by additional ITS2 sequencing was noted in four species pairs. Total data… Continue

Added by Yvonne Linton on November 12, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Launching the Barcode of Life Community Network

We're in the early testing stages of the new Barcode of Life Community Network, slowly inviting people to join and explore the environment provided by Ning. "We" in this case refers to the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL) but CBOL is doing this as a collaborative effort with its partners in barcoding: the University of Guelph, the iBOL project (International Barcode of… Continue

Added by David E. Schindel on October 16, 2009 at 4:25pm — No Comments

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