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The main purpose of this best practice document is to provide guidance for policy and procedures relating to accessing and capturing information for national checklists, and to highlight some key issues which should be considered to promote standardisation, quality and use of these products.


The accurate recording and application of names to organisms is of primary and paramount importance. The purpose of creating national species checklists is to standardise the names used for organisms, to provide clarity on the status of names, and to provide a classification framework for the placement of species into higher taxa. National checklists can be used as the basis for including the correct name in documentation and dealing with alien invasive, traded, cultivated, pest or threatened species. They can be used to enable the estimation of the diversity (richness) of a particular group or overall within a country and to identify knowledge gaps.


This document is up for PUBLIC REVIEW from 16 March to 6 April 2012.  
Comments are welcome as comments to this Community Site item (you need to be logged-in to include one) or through the address dremsen@gbif.org.


About the author:
Michelle Hamer has been in the position of Director for Zoological Systematics and Collections at the South African National Biodiversity Institute in Pretoria, South Africa since the beginning of 2009. She is responsible for developing national strategy for the promotion and co-ordination of animal taxonomy in the country, is involved in the establishment of national IBOL and EoL nodes, and serves on the SABIF Steering Committee. Michelle has published on the taxonomy and biogeography and conservation of anostracan crustaceans, onychophorans and Diplopoda, and has supervised postgraduate students doing various projects on invertebrate diversity and conservation.