The following institutions and initiatives are recognized for their contribution to design, development and promotion of the Global Information System (GLIS) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Recources for Food and Agriculture.
- Genesys is a database which allows users to explore the world's crop diversity conserved in genebanks through a single website. First launched in 2008, it contains about 4 million genebank accessions, which is around a half of the estimated total number in the world. Genesys allows breeders and other genebank users to quickly search for - and request - crop samples located in over 450 institutes around the globe. Instead of trawling through numerous separate databases, users find in Genesys a single entry-point to information about genebank accessions. Genesys serves two distinct but connected groups of people. There are the genebanks, institutes and research centers who use Genesys to publish accession data on the portal. Then, there are those - breeders, researchers, and policymakers - who use Genesys to inform their own work. GLIS and Genesys are sychronized on the descriptors they have in common. Collaboration with Genesys extends to establishing a common taxonomy reference list based on USDA's GRIN Taxonomy, capacity building and support to genebanks.
- SADC Plant Genetic Resources Center SPGRC has developed the Web-SDIS genebank management system that is widely used in the region. In collaboration with SPGRC, capacity building activities have been carried out for the benefit of member countries.
- DataCite is a leading global non-profit organisation that provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) for research data and other research outputs. Organizations within the research community join DataCite as members to be able to assign DOIs to all their research outputs. This way, their outputs become discoverable and associated metadata is made available to the community. DataCite then develops additional services to improve the DOI management experience, making it easier for our members to connect and share their DOIs with the broader research ecosystem and to assess the use of their DOIs within that ecosystem. DataCite is an active participant in the research community and promotes data sharing and citation through community-building efforts and outreach activities. DOIs assigned by GLIS are registered by DataCite.
- EURISCO The European Search Catalogue for Plant Genetic Resources (EURISCO) provides information about more than 2 million accessions of crop plants and their wild relatives, preserved ex situ by almost 400 institutes. It is based on a network of National Inventories of 43 member countries and represents an important effort for the preservation of world's agrobiological diversity by providing information about the large genetic diversity kept by the collaborating institutions. Between 2003 and 2014, EURISCO was hosted and maintained by Bioversity International, Rome, Italy. Since 2014, EURISCO is being maintained at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany. The central goal of EURISCO is to provide a one-stop-shop for information for the scientific community and for plant breeders. EURISCO contains both passport data and phenotypic data. EURISCO is being maintained on behalf of the Secretariat of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR), in collaboration with and on behalf of the National Focal Points for the National Inventories. EURISCO can assign DOIs through GLIS on behalf of its members.
- GRIN-Global The GRIN-Global project's mission is to provide a scalable version of the Germplasm Resource Information Network (GRIN) suitable for use by any interested genebank in the world. The GRIN-Global database platform has been and is being implemented at various genebanks around the world. For more information about GRIN-Global, review this website's pages or contact the GG International Help Desk. The first version, 1.0.7, was released in December, 2011 in a joint effort by the Global Crop Diversity Trust, Bioversity International, and the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA. The U.S. National Plant Germplasm System version (22.214.171.124) entered into production on November 30, 2015. GRIN-Global is now fully integrated with the International Treaty's systems Easy-SMTA, for SMTA reporting, and GLIS, for DOI assignation, offering an effective option to genebanks to join the Treaty's initiatives.
- WIEWS is the information system used by FAO for the preparation of periodic, country-driven global assessments of the status of conservation and use of PGRFA. WIEWS also monitors, on the basis of country reports, the implementation of the Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, adopted in 2011. National Focal Points, appointed by Governments, may provide relevant information through a dedicated Reporting tool. WIEWS and GLIS exchange information on a regular basis keeping the two systems aligned.
- ICRISAT SBDM Statistics, Bioinformatics and Data Management is a cross-cutting theme of ICRISAT with a mandate to provide high quality data support to ICRISAT researchers. Main focus areas of SBDM are providing advanced data analytical solutions to ICRISAT and partnering NARS. SBDM provides research data analytic solutions in solving complex research problems in the fields of biometrics, statistics and bioinformatics. SBDM theme is a group of statisticians, bioinformatics experts and data programmers working together to ensure a strong data ecosystem in ICRISAT. The collaboration with ICRISAT SBDM resulted in their adoption of the XML Integration Protocol that is being used to allow ICRISAT breeders to easily assign DOIs to released varieties.
- FAO Information Technology Services Division (CSI) Collaborates with the Secretariat in the design and implementation of GLIS. They also manage the GLIS servers and provide technological advice on the tools and services to be adopted. Moreover, CSI oversees the security of the GLIS servers and monitors its performance.