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Name of Collaboratory :


Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD)


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 2005 End Date : Info Last Updated : Fri, Dec 2 2011 7:01am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Community Data Systems  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Open Community Contribution System  

Domain(s) :

  BIOLOGICAL/AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES >Biological Sciences >Biochemistry, BIOLOGICAL/AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES >Biological Sciences >Molecular Biology  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


BOLD provides an integrated bioinformatics platform that supports all phases of the analytical pathway from specimen collection to tightly validated barcode library. First, it is a repository for the specimen and sequence records that form the basic data unit of all barcode studies. Second, it is a workbench that aids the management, quality assurance and analysis of barcode data. Third, it provides a vehicle for collaboration across geographically dispersed research communities by coupling flexible security and data entry features with web-based delivery.

Affiliated with the Census of Marine Life Collaboratory.


Access to Instruments :

  BOLD analytical tools are available for any data set that exists in BOLD (including publicly available data).  

Access to Information Resources :

  The Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) is freely available to all interested parties. This means that anyone can create an account, access public barcode records, upload their own data and have access to all features available on BOLD.

Access to a researcher's private data can be requested through the system, and that researcher can either approve or deny the request.

Access to People as Resources :


Funding Agency or Sponsor :

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
Genome Canada
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT)

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:

Organizations with Funded Participants:
Organization name:
Approx # of participants:
Description of organization's role(s):
University of Guelph
   Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (University of Guelph)
Hosting Institution

Notes on Participants/Organizations:
Information about which institutions have submitted data is not readily available.


Communications Technology Used :


Technical Capabilities :

  Key Articles :    

Project-reported performance data :

  As of 1/31/12, BOLD contained 147,788 formally described species with barcodes and 1,509,047 total barcode records.
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