The Catalogue of Life partnership thanks all who contributed to the content and production of this Annual Checklist. In particular, thanks this year to Encyclopedia of Life and SBNO for their contributions to the preparation, in addition to NBII, University of Reading (Centre for Plant Diversity and Systematics), European Commission (EC EDIT NoE and Key2Nature), WorldFish Center (SeaLifeBase project), NIES and ETI BioInformatics.
Publication of the CD coincides with the start of our next major European Commission project. The 4D4Life Project (Distributed Dynamic Diversity Databases for Life) runs from 2009 to 2012.
Thanks also go to Jorrit van Hertum, author of the Annual Checklist software, Gideon Gijswijt, Wouter Addink (ETI BioInformatics) and Peter Brewer (Cornell University) for technical assistance, and to Paul Klinkenberg (ETI BioInformatics) for the cover design.
Very special thanks are addressed to David Eades (principal database developer of Species Files), Ward Appeltans (data manager of WoRMS) and Paul Kirk (coordinator of fungal databases).
We would like to acknowledge all the people from the GSD community who provide us valuable support in data export and transformation this year: Angel Anta, Richard Flood, Johannes Goll, Alexander Kroupa, Bart Vanhoorne and Lisa Walley, as well as those acknowledged in the two preceding years: Rosario Dioguardi, Anton Güntsch, Sergey Jezniakowsky, Antonella Linguanti and Silvia Lusa. We also thank Richard White for implementation of LSIDs in the 2008 and 2009 editions.