number of records:  30871
number of sequences:  23953
number of species:  3279
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    Polar life is a broad subject both taxonomically and geographically. Thus, the “Polar Barcode of Life” campaign will be divided into smaller, more manageable projects. Depending on the needs of individual campaign participants, polar barcoding projects can be organized based on taxonomy (e.g., Arctic Marine Fishes), taxonomy and geographic regions (e.g., Chironomidae of Svalbard), or collections (either of a museum or a specific collaborator).

    The participants of the polar campaign fall into three categories: project managers, project members, and the campaign coordinator.

     Project managers can create and manage their own projects on the Barcode of Life online database (BOLD). As part of the broader polar campaign, the individual project is automatically integrated to the global project and its progress is reported on this website. Project managers can analyze their data using web-based tools provided by BOLD. They have controls on the distribution of data and how and when to publish their projects.

    Project members are given access to the project by the project manager. Depending on the needs of access and the agreement of the project manager, project members may be granted with authorities to access and/or edit specimen records and to analyze/view/edit COI sequences.

    Finally, the campaign coordinator is responsible for coordinating projects created by project managers from various regions of the world. As the campaign coordinator automatically has access to all Polar barcoding projects that are members of the campaign, he/she has the privilege to analyze barcode data collected from broader geographic regions and/or on larger taxonomic scales. This allows him/her to communicate with individual project managers and facilitates him/her to point out findings such as unusual genetic divergences in some species, potential cryptic species, life-stage associations, and specimens that need to be re-examined. Sequence data are kept confidential between project managers, project members, and the campaign coordinator. Project managers maintain authorship to their own data.

    The Polar Barcode of Life campaign is being coordinated by Torbjorn Ekrem of the Museum of Natural History and Archaeology (Trondheim, Norway), Ian Hogg of the University of Waikato (Hamilton, New Zealand), and Sarah Adamowicz of the University of Guelph (Canada). Most sequencing for this campaign is carried out at the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding (CCDB), University of Guelph, Canada.