What this means is whether you are looking for DNA sequences, distribution patterns or conservation status of your chosen species, the shared and interlinked catalogues of organism names in i4Life will help you to find the same plant, animal, fungus or micro-organism under the same name in each data portal.
How is it doing this? Well it is utilising a number of informatics tools developed during the lifespan of the project to manage both the cycle of taxonomic data flow between data providers and the processes that enable taxonomic improvements along the way. This system, and the high level of collaboration that is required among project partners to make it work, is depicted in the i4Life workflow diagram below. Over the coming weeks on the blog, we will look at some of these tools in detail to see what exactly they are doing and how they are doing it. In the meantime please see if from the diagram you are able to work it out yourselves!
|The i4Life system diagram|