From Plazi’s scholarly publication point of view, we like to see GRBIO life again. We started in the earlier time to annotate collection codes we find in scholarly articles with the GRBIO’s persistent identifiers, then continued using our own service based on the saved version of GRBIO (doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1285615), and now hope we can refer again to a live version of GRBIO.
For us to have GBIF as maintainer of GRBIO would be helpful, because we submit all the data (treatments and material citations) to GBIF, whereby the collection code is one element. Referring to the same reference would reduce the risk, that the code refers to different things. It would facilitate GBIF to produce statistics that also include scholarly articles (in the current GBIF language collections) treatments, and material citations that are probably the biggest user of collection based data.
If this is in place, it not only provides better access to data liberated from publications, but it also helps us talking to a growing number of publishers we work with to assure that they use the GRBIO terms for collections. The publishers interest is really to provide a service to their audience allowing understanding which are the collections that contributed to describing the worlds taxa, next to the other obvious candidates (specimen, collectors, authors, etc.)