Task Force Document Library

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Program of Work

  • Develop and strategically expand the GGBN Document Library for biodiversity biobanking

Current Activities

  • Expand document library functionality, including platform upgrades, streamlining
  • Partner with CryoArks, ESBB, DToL and other GGBN partners to expand document library content
  • Spanish translation of Document Library General User Guide and expansion of Spanish-language content


  • As of February 2021, the GGBN Document Library has over 700 documents

Related Resources

GGBN Document Library Users

Task Force Members

Getting Involved

Email us at library@ggbn.org to:

  • Obtain a login for the Document Library
  • Join the Task Force and help curate a specific tag or category
  • Suggest additional resources for addition to the Document Library

Current Members

Task Force Chair

  • Jackie Mackenzie-Dodds, Natural History Museum London

Category Managers

  • Biobank Management (including Governance, Business Models, Health and Safety)
    • Jeremy deWaard, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph
  • Curation Protocols (including specimen and sample field collection, sample preparation, shipping, laboratory curation and storage methods)
    • Animals: Kim Labuschagne, South African National Biodiversity Institute Biobank
    • Plants: Tim Fulcher, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
    • Microorganisms: library@ggbn.org
  • Education and Training Tools (including workshop documents and publications, interactive session protocols and technology)
  • GGBN Conferences (Conference documents archive)
    • Katie Barker, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
    • Gabi Droege, Berlin Botanic Garden
  • GGBN Information (GGBN-specific information and GGBN-produced materials)
    • Katie Barker, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
    • Gabi Droege, Berlin Botanic Garden
  • Information and Data Management Systems (Data standards, data workflows, pipelines, portals, database interoperability)
    • Muriel Rabone, Natural History Museum London
    • Gabi Droege, Berlin Botanic Garden
  • Regulation and Legislation (including publications regarding access to genetic resources and benefit sharing (ABS), Permit/PIC/MAT/MTA examples and templates, shipping regulations, and more):
    • Kim Labuschagne, South African National Biodiversity Institute Biobank
  • Research Protocols (including laboratory specimen and sample analysis: e.g. species-specific extraction, amplification, sequencing for fresh and archival/ancient material)
    • Laura Forrest, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Network Tag Managers

  • CryoArks Content (animal biobanking for conservation research)
    • Kirsty Lloyd, Natural History Museum London
  • Darwin Tree of Life (DToL) Content
    • Heather Allen, Natural History Museum London
  • ESBB Content
    • Rosita Kammler, International Breast Cancer Study Group
    • Dominik Lermen, Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering
  • SYNTHESYS Content
    • Andreas Plank, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin
    • NA3.1: Carolina Corrales, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig
    • JRA2: Peter Hollingsworth, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Spanish Content Managers

  • Ana Lourdes Medrano, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes
  • Gilberto Alejandro Ocampo Acosta, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes
  • Luz Ochoa, Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt