The main aim of the project is the creationh of the most competent source of information on the collections of the botanical gardens and arboretums of Russia and of the contigous countries, which let get data about any taxon and its location in collections by the Internet. At the present moment the information on arboreous and perrenial herbaceous plants is already accessible for researchers. At the new stage we plan to summarize data on rare and desappearing plants, as well as on collections of closed grounds.

Creating the ISS we aspire to make the information on the richest collections of Russia and the Baltic countries open to every botanist and horticulturist. We believe the ISS will favour the development of direct links between gardens with the purpose of plant exchange and for joint scientific research. Developed local systems of databases'registration and the integral ISS allow to create an information net of botanical gardens, which will ensure the transmitting of renovated information about collections from one botanical garden to another without wastes of time.

However, we are firstly to decide more difficult problem - doubts and absence of enthusiasm when one is asked to send the information about own collection funds to the ISS.

We adhere to the following arguments:

Such systems, as well as catalogues of separate gardens although handsomely designed, are not handy enough because of unsufficient information coverage. Let us assume that one needs the data about cultivar Thuja occidentalis's availability in collections of botanical gardens. Instead of the integral system embracing the whole Russia, he is to run over different ISS, databases and garden's catalogues. We are sure, in that case the collections of gardens with small number of taxa or the collections of countries with small number of introduction points won't be favoured with the specialists' attention.

Such systems, as well as catalogues of separate gardens although handsomely designed, are not handy enough because of unsufficient information coverage. Let us assume that one needs the data about cultivar Thuja occidentalis's availability in collections of botanical gardens. Instead of the integral system embracing the whole Russia, he is to run over different ISS, databases and garden's catalogues. We are sure, in that case the collections of gardens with small number of taxa or the collections of countries with small number of introduction points won't be favoured with the specialists' attention.

We should surmount our individualism. We hope, the creation of the international catalogue of cultivated plants will be conducive to this process, as well as the term "natural heritage" becoming so up-to-date and applying equally to the botanical gardens collections.

We also hope that the free access to the information of collections can draw supplementary resourses for botanical gardens development. Finally, the generalizing of databases will let analyze the plants' introduction process on a considerable territory. Even now it is easy to define gardens with one or another plant cultivated, whch allows to plan comparative research works in various introduction points and to determine optimum sources for the initial material mobilization. Instead of appealing to an amount of catalogues of different years, one can get renovated information on many gardens at the same time.

It may be that the aforesaid misgivings are unfounded, for the answers to the questionnaire circulated by the Committee on the application of new information technologies in botanical gardens at the Council of the Botanical Gardens of Russia prove the will of the majority of gardens to cooperate and to grant information for the ISS being of common use and profit.