Catalogue of Life
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (January 2013)|
Cover of DVD version of database
|Type of site||Taxonomic catalogue|
|Alexa rank||503,587 (December 2013[update])|
The Catalogue of Life, started in June 2001 by Species 2000 and Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), is planned to become a comprehensive catalogue of all known species of organisms on Earth. The Catalogue currently compiles data from 115 peer-reviewed taxonomic databases, that are maintained by specialist institutions around the world. The Catalogue provides a Dynamic Edition, which is updated regularly (and in which data can change without tracking of those changes) and an Annual Checklist, which provides a dated, verifiable reference for the usage of names and associated data. Development of the Catalogue of Life has been recently funded through the 4d4Life and i4Life projects.
Much of the use of the Catalogue is to provide a backbone taxonomy for other global data portals. Through the i4Life project it has formal partnerships with Global Biodiversity Information Facility, European Nucleotide Archive, Encyclopedia of Life, European Consortium for the Barcode of Life, IUCN Red Data List, and Life Watch (EDIT). The public interface includes both search and browse functions as well as offering multi lingual services.
- Global biodiversity
- GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
- Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS
- Encyclopedia of Life
- World Register of Marine Species
- Macroscopic Observatory
- "Catalogueoflife.org Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
- "About the Catalogue of Life: 2012 Annual Checklist". Catalogue of Life. Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS). Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- Bisby FA, Roskov YR, Orrell TM, Nicolson D, Paglinawan LE, Bailly N, Kirk PM, Bourgoin T, Baillargeon G., eds (2009). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2009 Annual Checklist. Digital resource at . Species 2000: Reading, UK.
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