Invasive Species Compendium (ISC)

Latest version published on 17 March 2020
Publication date:
17 March 2020
Published by:
No organisation

Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 1,409 records in English (470 KB) - Update frequency: unknown
Metadata as an EML file download in English (8 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (7 KB)


The Invasive Species Compendium (ISC) is an encyclopaedic resource that brings together a wide range of different types of science-based information to support decision-making in invasive species management worldwide. It comprises detailed datasheets that have been written by experts, edited by an independent scientific organization, peer reviewed and enhanced with data from specialist organizations, images, maps, and a bibliographic database of abstracts and full text articles. New datasheets and data sets continue to be added, datasheets are reviewed and updated, and new scientific literature is included on a weekly basis. The ISC has been resourced by a diverse international Consortium of government departments, non-governmental organizations and private companies.

Data Records

The data in this checklist resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 1,409 records.

3 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

Taxon (core)

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Please cite the Compendium as follows: For the compilation as a whole CABI, current year. Invasive Species Compendium. Wallingford , UK: CAB International. For an individual datasheet where authors are attributed in the Contributor section CABI, current year. Fallopia japonica [original text by AN Author]. In: Invasive Species Compendium. Wallingford, UK: CAB International. For an individual datasheet where no author is attributed CABI, current year. Fallopia japonica. In: Invasive Species Compendium. Wallingford, UK: CAB International.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

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Geographic Coverage

Dataset coverage is global.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Additional Metadata

CABI has been developing and providing Compendia for almost 20 years and has a wealth of experience in collating and editing information, and presenting it through innovative software to provide authoritative tools. Compendia are encyclopaedic mixed-media resources that draw together scientific information on all aspects of a subject area. They are excellent research tools – saving time for researchers, students and practitioners.

Purpose The ISC is intended for use by: Researchers / Lecturers and students / Resource and environment managers in agriculture, forestry, rangeland, urban land, rivers, lakes and coastal waters / Policy makers, agricultural research centres and Extension officers / Quarantine officers / Crop protection and animal health practitioners (both public and private sector) / Weed specialists.
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