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Mission Statement

CBOL’s mission is to promote the exploration and development of DNA barcoding as a global standard for species identification. In pursuing this mission, CBOL promotes:

  • The rapid compilation of high-quality DNA barcode records in a public library of DNA sequences,
  • The development of new instruments and processes that will make barcoding cheaper, faster, and more portable,
  • The participation of taxonomists and taxonomic research organizations in all regions and countries, and
  • The use of DNA barcoding for the benefit of science and society.

CBOL works with the International Barcode of Life project to:

  • Lead iBOL's Working Group for Outreach and Collaborations
  • Facilitate iBOL's communications with other barcoding projects and with the broader biosciences community;
  • Promote participation in iBOL's Working Groups; and
  • Represent barcoding to international biodiversity initiatives such as the Convention on Biological Diversity.

CBOL works with the international barcoding community to catalyze:

  • The creation of a public database of barcode reference sequences linked to voucher specimens and associated biological information;
  • The formation of barcoding projects that will contribute an accelerating flow of barcode records into the public database;
  • The solution of technical, logistical, and structural problems encountered by researchers and users in the Barcode of Life Initiative;
  • The development of new technologies that will make DNA barcoding faster, more accurate, more portable, and less expensive;
  • The involvement of researchers and users of barcode data from all regions of the world, especially those with high biodiversity;
  • The development of intellectual activity involving DNA barcode data in the wider academic community among diverse users throughout society;
  • Greater awareness of DNA barcoding beyond taxonomic researchers; and
  • The use of barcode data for the benefit of science and society.

CBOL's Strategy

The CBOL Secretariat will pursue its mission by identifying and catalyzing international partnerships among the following stakeholders in barcoding:

  • The Taxonomic Community: Natural history museums, herbaria, zoos, aquaria, and universities, and the taxonomists that work therein;
  • The User Community: Governmental and intergovernmental agencies, conservation organizations and other NGOs, private sector companies, and other organizations that use taxonomic information in pursuit of their applied missions;
  • The Service Community: Research organizations and private sector companies in the areas of genetics, bioinformatics, and biotechnology that can provide services to barcoding projects and the Barcode Initiative; and
  • The Funding Community: Public and private foundations, governmental and intergovernmental agencies and other organizations that support basic and applied research.

The CBOL Secretariat will pursue its mission through the following goals for 2010:

  • Assist in the successful launch of iBOL
  • Increase throughput from specimens to public barcode records by mobilizing tissue samples, standardizing lab and data protocols, and promoting data sharing and release.
  • Integrate DNA barcoding into 21st century "Cybertaxonomy"
  • Increase taxonomic coverage
  • Promote technology development and deployment
  • Catalyze strategic projects by assisting the Mosquito or Tephritid Barcoding Iniative, internationalizing QBOL, promoting selective projects from developing countries
  • Representing barcoding to stakeholders
  • Organize a Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference in late 2011 or early 2012 as its capstone event