This is a very incomplete list, but gives a feel for what's out there. The majority of these efforts have little or no funding.
MAKING THE WORLD LIST
SPECIES 2000 www.species2000.org/specloc.html.
Intended to produce a virtual index of the world's known species, with a home page for every species and cross-referencing names given to species.
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX www.ipni.org.
A collaboration of Kew Gardens, Harvard, and the Australian National Herbarium, attempting to provide a standardized database on plants of the world.
GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY INFORMATION FACILITY www.gbif.org.
Its goals include cataloging names of all species on the Web; digitizing natural history collections; a Web site for each species; an online library; and training.
INTEGRATED TAXONOMIC IN FORMATION INITIATIVE (ITIS) www.itis.usda.gov /plantproj/itis.
A partnership of US, Canadian, and Mexican groups and taxonomists, seeking to collect and standardize names of all North American flora and fauna.
GLOBAL TAXONOMY INITIATIVE (GTI) www.biodiv.org/Decisions /COP5/pdf/COP-5-Dec-All-e .pdf.
Created by the Conference of Parties (COP) to the 1992 UN Convention on Biological Diversity to coordinate activities to build international taxonomic capacity in order to meet the goals of the Convention.
See the Web site above for a downloadable 141-page report on the most recent COP meeting, with the latest recommendations for the GTI.
Intended to help Southern and local peoples develop self-reliance in systematics, through regional partnerships of developing countries, a consortium of Northern institutions, and a technical secretariat. …