BioCode 2010 Achievements

An up-dated version of the Draft BioCode 1997 was circulated to a working group of the IUBS/IUMS International Committee on Bionomenclature for discussion in September 2010, prior to a workshop convened at the Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum in Berlin on 21-23 October 2010. This was attended by 13 members representing different groups of organisms, and who were involved in the bodies concerned with biological nomenclature. The draft was discussed in detail and revised, and the procedure for obtaining inputs and views from a wide range of taxonomists agreed. The Draft BioCode 2011 was then released through the Committee's website []and also for publication in Bionomina, the Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, and Taxon. A session devoted to the initiative has been planned for the International Congress of systematic and Evolutionary Biology to be held in Berlin on 21-27 February 2011. A book "Terms used in bionomenclature: the naming of organisms (and plant communities)" prepared in support of the programme was also finalized and published.

Activities 2010:

- Workshops organised: Berlin, October 2010

- Publications:
"The Draft BioCode" (2011) in the three journals cited above and on the web; and
"Terms used in Bionomenclature: the naming of organisms (and plant communities)"

- Impacts on education: The "terms" book and its web version are receiving extensive use from a wide range of biologists

- Relevance for the scientific community: High; a step towards a more cohesive approach to the future naming of organisms of all kinds which will simplify the nomenclatural aspects of taxonomic procedures

- Development of partnership: In including representatives from the different internationally mandated nomenclatural bodies, the programme fosters inter-disciplinary dialogue

- Innovation: The Draft BioCode (2011) includes several innovations from the 1997 version relating to maximizing the use of the now available electronic systems for the registering and publication of organisms new to science

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