Introduction to Barcode Of Life Data Systems (BOLD)
The Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD), established in 2005, is a web platform that provides an integrated environment for the assembly and use of DNA barcode data. It delivers an online database for the collection and management of specimen, distributional, and molecular data as well as analytical tools to support their validation. Over the past few years, BOLD has grown to become a powerful online workbench and the central informatics hub of the DNA barcoding community..
BOLD is freely available to any researcher with interests in DNA Barcoding. By providing specialized services, it aids in the publication of records that meet the standards needed to gain BARCODE designation in the international nucleotide sequence databases. Because of its web-based delivery and flexible data security model, it is also well positioned to support projects that involve broad research alliances.
BOLD Systems Release of Version 3
The release of version 3.0 of BOLD in April 2012 represents an evolutionary update to the system. Significant revisions have been made to support an increasing diversity of workflows and an increasing volume of data. A major advance is the activation of Barcode Index Numbers (BINs), an interim taxonomic system for animals, and an annotation framework that supports rapid community based validation of barcode data.
How can I use BOLD?
This documentation provides details on BOLD functionality, data structures and best practices. It explains how to use this system to collect, manage and publish Barcode and ancillary data. It also provides details on the integrated analytical tools and web services. Online documentation is available by clicking on "Get Help" in the page footer, or by selecting "Resources" from the page header on any main page.
For assistance with any feature of BOLD, please email the BOLD Support Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
To provide comments or suggestions for BOLD 3 - please click on the buttons throughout BOLD labelled "Feedback" to forward your comments. Thank you in advance!
Searching Public Data
Using the search bars that appear on the 4 main public databases (Primer, Publication, Public Data Portal, BINs), users can enter a combination of keywords. For example, searching “Lepidoptera Canada” in the Public Data Portal will return all of the Lepidoptera records collected in Canada.
Search domains include taxonomy(scientific names only), geography, collectors, identifiers or institutions as well as BOLD Sample IDs and Process IDs.
Below are the search guidelines (Searches are case insensitive):
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Search terms entered may not retrieve the desired results. There are several reasons this may have happened:
Downloading Public Data
In each public database (Primer, Publication, Public Data Portal, BINs), there is also an option to download the public data available based on the search terms. This downloads includes primer sequences, bibliographies, sequences, traces, taxon ID trees, and specimen data in appropriate formats. The download option are found on the upper right hand side of the database.
Registering for a User Account
Getting an account on BOLD expands the list of options available to a user of the system beyond access to public data and use of the identification engine. Upon signing in, users can annotate published data, helping to curate and clean the identification library. Moreover, it will be possible to submit data to BOLD and to gain access to other in-progress, private projects with the permission of the data owners. Once data is on BOLD, a large set of analytical tools are available for validation and generation of reports for publications.
After the registration form is submitted, a welcome e-mail will be sent immediately with the information needed for logging in to BOLD.
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