The knowledge about organism properties (morphology, physiology, molecular barcodes, behaviour, life cycle, interactions with other organisms) is highly relevant to many political decision making issues such as ecological models, to breeding, to education and awareness building, as well as too identification in the context of expert or citizen science identification. Depending on the context, organism properties may also be known as traits, attributes, or characters.
SPINE will focus on the utility of property data for the purpose of identifying organisms, with a special focus on citizen science applications.
It may also become active in the context of a GEM oriented project, where SPINE could provided much need simple trait data in those case, where the trait data valuable for modelling and for identification overlap. This will not be the case for al traits, but nevertheless identification data may be one of the major sources of trait data for GEM.