International Committee for Bionomenclature: Naming organisms in an age of molecular-based biodiversity discovery

Development of an international group and framework for dissemination of
"Protocols for the recognition, registration and management of names and information on organisms
using a digital infrastructure”. The development of these protocols and guidelines for best practice will
harmonise modern molecular-based biodiversity discovery with our legacy of information on the
living world from hundreds of years of scientific research. This will bring together scientists across the
fields of biology to work together towards an interoperable view on the naming of organisms and will
ultimately tame potentially disruptive technologies to help communities build on the foundations of
biodiversity sciences, improving practice across the field.

Leader:Elinor Miche & Regine Jahn

Steering Committee: Ellinor Michel, Regine Jahn,
Richard Pyle. Additional SC members: MJ Adams, N Cellinese, JC David,
D Fautin, GM Garrity, W Greuter, DL Hawksworth, PM Kirk, Sandra Knapp, J McNeill, D Remsen, G Rosenberg, B Tindall, J Todd, J van Tol, N Turland.

Countries involved: Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain,Switzerlan,United Kingdom, USA

IUBS Scientific Members involved in the project: International
Committee for Bionomenclature (ICB, the applicant organisation), International Association for Plant
Taxonomy (IAPT), International Commission on the Taxonomy of Fungi (ICTF), International
Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN), Organisation for Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of
the Mediterranean Area (OPTIMA), International Society for Phylogenetic Nomenclature (ISPN),
International Committee for Bionomenclature (ICB): Infrastructures for unifying past and future naming
of organisms International Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants (ICNCP), Biodiversity
Information Standards, Taxonomic Databases Working Group (TDWG)

Field of Research: Biodiversity science – nomenclature, taxonomy and biodiversity bioinformatics

Questions addressed:

Promote guidelines and an international agenda on nomenclatural activities in a world in which
discovery of biodiversity is increasingly based on molecular tools and delivered digitally. Molecular
discovery is currently diverging from type-based naming and information on biodiversity is becoming
fractured without a coherent digital infrastructure. As with the Codes of nomenclature, we are in need
of a unified infrastructure for registering new entities and integrating knowledge about them.


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