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Global Names Index (GNI)


The Global Names Index (GNI) is a collection of strings (combination of characters) that have been used as names for organisms. GNI contains many examples of names spelled in slightly different ways. In order to be able to link all of the information about any taxon, a query beginning with one string will find data associated with any of the alternative strings. This is done by linking the alternative names for the same species - a process called 'reconciliation'.​ GNI is a component of the Global names Architecture, an effort that is building a names-based cyber infrastructure for biology.​


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The Global Names Index (GNI) is part of the taxon match web service of the Belgian LifeWatch e-Lab, allowing your species list to be cross-checked with the taxonomic information available in GNI.