Welcome to Global Timber Tracking Network
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The reference database was developed for wood identification experts to find and share information on wood samples and reference data that have been created thus far, for any wood identification method. The minimum requirement for participating laboratories is to share metadata, which describe the tree species, geographical origin, and laboratory method. This information will be visible to any participating laboratories. In the best case, labs are willing to share vouchered physical wood samples, or even reference data. The metadata is also used in the background to increase the relevance of wood ID service customer queries through the Service Provider Directory.
At any time, participating laboratories have full control over what information they share, and who they share with, at any level. For example, if intellectual property rights, or access and benefit sharing agreements require separate agreements to be settled first, then data owners and interested parties can take care of necessary formalities directly between them, before opening data access through the reference database.