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The "names and taxa" information space is often thought of as being composed of three layers:
Code governed nomenclatural acts
In many circumstances the distinction of these layers is blurred, leading to confusion and inefficiencies in information management. To date, IPNI has been mainly concerned with the middle layer comprising ICBN governed nomenclatural acts, and is formed of three key components: curated data, information services to expose this data, and dedicated editorial staff to provide nomenclatural expertise.
IPNI will be advanced from its current state to better connect to the layers above (taxonomic concepts) and below (name occurrences). This will require the expansion of data holdings, improved linkages, and the development of information services and associated workflows. These will be offered to key actors including name authors, publishers, taxonomists and managers of biodiversity information.