Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations  

International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture


GLIS technical documentation
The documents in this section provide details on how DOI registration and update can be performed using the two available methods: batch upload (for registration only) and System-to-System integration based on a XML protocol supporting both registration and update. We provide full technical assistance to users for DOI registration, just send an email to [email protected]!

The technical notes are short documents explaining specific aspects of the GLIS system for those interested in getting more details. Some of the notes have been written to address requests received from users and stakeholders. If you would like other areas of the GLIS system be described by a new note, please send us your request using the button "Feedback" above.

DOI registration

GLIS technical notes

Digital Object Identifiers (DOI)
This section provides references to background information on Digital Object Identifiers and their use in the context of Plant Genetic Resources.
This section provides leads to information on the descriptors adopted by GLIS in association to its DOIs.


Resources for developing descriptors

Other descriptors

Taxonomy and tools
Taxonomy is a critical aspect of effective conservation and research on Plant Genetic Resources. Yet, it is often cause of inconsistencies and sub-optimal data quality. GLIS adopts the GRIN Taxonomy as reference list to offer synonymy search and validation services. There is also a number of Web sites that offer spell checking and validation. GLIS users are encouraged to submit their data to any of the services listed below to check their taxonomic information before requesting DOI registration in GLIS.

Ontologies are a representation including formal names and category definitions, properties and relations between the concepts, data and entities related to a specific field. In other words, an ontology is a way of representing the entities in a given field and how they are related, by defining a set of concepts and categories that establish relationships among them.