Data is read into the World Flora Online Portal in Darwin Core Archive format, a zip-file that follows a format developed by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). Guidelines for submitting both descriptive and taxonomic data can be found at http://about.worldfloraonline.org/documents
Descriptive data of all kinds need to be linked to a name known to the portal. For the portal to recognize a name, it needs to use a WFO identifier (WFOID). All plant names are assigned WFOIDs by the WFO Consortium. For example, the WFOID for Solanum tuberosum L. is wfo-0001031908. A WFOID must be used in the taxonID column in the core Taxon CSV file of the Darwin Core Archive. Note: The term taxonID is a Darwin Core term used to identify a name, not a taxonomic concept.
Descriptive text is provided to WFO by using the Darwin Core Archive Descriptions extension, as defined by GBIF. Please refer to the WFO Content Data Contributors Guide which can be found at http://about.worldfloraonline.org/documents.
A taxonomic resource file extends the World Flora Online taxonomic backbone and must also be provided in Darwin Core Archive format. The guidelines for submitting taxonomic backbone data are provided in the WFO Taxonomic Backbone Data Contributors Guide, which can be found at http://about.worldfloraonline.org/documents. Like for descriptive data, each name must have a WFOID assigned by the WFO Consortium.
Please contact WFO if you are interested to provide updates for a plant group.
The Name matching service for WFO Taxonomic Backbone contributions is work in progress. For the time being, please provide your file to the WFO Gatekeeper for checking.