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Species 2000 Annual General Meeting May 2006 Paris Chairman’s report. structure. ownership. members. organization. Board. Secr. Project team. TaxGr. ISGr. action programs. SP2K-EU. CoLP. SP2K-AO. products. CoL DC. CoL AC 2006. services. Members.

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Species 2000

Annual General Meeting May 2006


Chairman’s report

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Project team



action programs






CoL AC 2006


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  • Currently 33 members (5 joined in ’05, 2 in ‘06)

  • There are now 34 participating databases

  • Secretariat: potential is over 100 databases ….

  • Aim 2006-2011 to increase number of members

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Organization units

  • Project Team (think tank, initiators, tasks)

    • Taxonomy Group (Team members + advisors)

    • Information Technology Group (Team members + advisors)

    • User Forum

  • Secretariat (Reading) & Executive Director

    • Supporting activities, administrative tasks, guard dog!

  • Board of Directors

    • legal framework, connection to international efforts, politics

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Project Team

Michael Ruggiero


Junko Shimura (Vice-Chair)

National Institute for Env. St,. Japan

Richard White

School of Computer Science, UK

Karen Wilson (Chair and Director)

IOPI Global Plant Checklist, Australia

The Team can be 10-20 people strong

Subgroup Taxonomy

Subgroup Information System

Guy Baillargeon

ITIS, Canada

Frank Bisby (Executive Director)

University of Reading, UK

Marc Brugman

ETI BioInformatics, Netherlands

Jerry Cooper

Landcare Research, New Zealand

Cyril Gallut

Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, France

Dennis Gordon

NIWA, New Zealand

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Team Subgroups

Taxonomy Group

Karen Wilson (Convenor) AUSTRALIA

Guy Baillargeon (ITIS) CANADA

Thierry Bourgoin (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle) FRANCE

Connal Eardley (PPRI) S. AFRICA

Vera Fonseca (Instituto de Biociências) BRASIL


Dennis Gordon (NIWA) NEW ZEALAND


Scott Miller (Smithsonian Institution) USA

Mike Ruggiero (ITIS) USA

Adeline Soulier-Perkins (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle) FRANCE

Jim Staley (University of Washington) USA

Mona Cachuela (World Fish Center) PHILIPINES

Roy McDiarmid (Smithsonian Institution) USA

Susanah Kimani (Species 2000 Secretariat)

Yuri Roskov (Species 2000 Secretariat)

Frank Bisby (Exec.Director)

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Team Subgroups

Information System Group

Richard White (convenor) UNITED KINGDOM

Guy Baillargeon (ITIS) CANADA

Lois Blaine (ATCC) USA

Ed Donovan (Cardiff University) UNITED KINGDOM

Rainer Froese (IfM-GEOMAR)

Alex Gray (Cardiff University) UNITED KINGDOM

Andrew Jones (Cardiff University) UNITED KINGDOM

Peter Hollas (Thomson Zoological ) UNITED KINGDOM

Junko Shimura (NIES) JAPAN

Frank Bisby (Exec.Director)

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Project Team

Team met two times in 2006.

  • Team needs expansion and rejuvenation

  • Looking for members of our community

    taxonomists, db custodians, IT specialists

  • Maintaining good geographic spread

  • Who can actively participate & contribute

  • Backed up by their organizations (time, travel, …)

    Interested? Or know anybody interested?

    Please contact the Species2000 secretariat.

    Email: sp2000@sp2000.org

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Species 2000 Secretariat

The University of Reading

Reading RG6 6AS, UK

Tel: +44 118 378 6466

Fax: +44 118 378 8160

Email: sp2000@sp2000.org

Frank Bisby (Executive Director)

Pamela Harling

Yuri Roskov

Susanah Kimani

Peter Brewer

Nicola Beharrell

Secretariat has now reduced staff (end of EU EUROCAT and ENBI funding)

Work shall be prioritized and focused on CoL products and main aims.

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Board of Directors

Species 2000 is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in England.

Board of directors met three times in 2005. Current Board Members are:

Michael Dadd (company secretary) UK

Karen Wilson AUSTRALIA

Vanderlei Perez Canhos BRAZIL

Peter Schalk (chairman) NETHERLANDS

Frank Bisby (executive director) UK

  • The Directors want to increase the size of the board

  • Looking for 1 or 2 additional members

  • Maintain geographic spread in board membership

  • Candidate e.g. connected to the gbif-cbd international communities

  • Managerial experience, communication skills, fund raising ….

  • Backed up by their organizations (to dedicate time, able to travel, …)

    Interested? Or know anybody who may be able to assist?

    Please contact the Chair of the Board. Email: pschalk@sp2000.org

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action programs

  • Past years (2004-2005) characterized by some large projects and accompanying funding:

    • EU EUROCAT (Species2000europa)

    • EU ENBI

    • GBIF ECAT (Catalogue of Life Partnership)

  • Resulted in big steps forwards

    • Corporate identity (logo’s, banner, web interface)

    • Membership agreements, IPR agreements

    • Product development and enhancement (CoL)

    • Regional en Global Hub structures

    • Outreach and PR

  • The Executive Director, Frank Bisby, will present an overview.

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Catalogue of Life Products

Dynamic Checklist

Continuously updated Web resource

Array of source databases for different higher taxa

Annual Checklist


Integrated DB on the Web and on CD-ROM

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  • Catalogue of Life Annual Checklist

Enormous progress in past two years.

Now half of all known species (880,000) in Annual Checklist.

Product available on CD-ROM and on the web.

Dr. Yuri Roscov will go in more detail in his presentation





Target 2011



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  • Catalogue of Life Dynamic Checklist

Good progress made in past two years.

Hubstructure implemented (integration regional and global arrays of databases).

8 database dynamically linked.

Dr Cyril Gallut will go into detail of developments in his presentation.

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  • CoL Products are ‘mature’ and significant

  • Role in GBIF (taxonomic backbone) and CBD (national checklists); funding possibilities

  • Opportunities for applications beyond present scope (e.g. validation of other databases and information systems that have a taxonomic component)

  • New challenges in terms of potential collaboration with partners outside the academic realm e.g. publishers

  • Opportunities for acquiring additional funding and implementing a ‘flow-back’ principle to source databases

  • In a framework of access agreements and proper IPR arrangements

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Some Points to think about (and to discuss after the presentations)

  • concentrate on expanding and perfecting CoL products and the tools to streamline the process of generating these in a fast and cost effective way

  • Top priority for maintaing a funding flow for phase one of the program: maintenance and expansion of CoL products

  • address the issue of other, non academic, use of the CoL products and the conditions allowing for this

  • devise common principles to generate cash flow (donations) out of non-academic use (services) to support the CoL and its source databases

  • consider ways to divide tasks and project components over able partners and collaborators maximizing use of local/regional capacities

  • focus on synergy with other global and regional initiatives to naturally complement our endeavor.

  • …..

    Four presentations will provide insight in future developments