The vision of the IWGSC is to establish a high quality reference sequence of the wheat genome, anchored to the genetic/phenotypic maps to provide high resolution links between the traits and variations with the sequence features (i.e., genes, intergenic) and polymorphisms (SNP, SVs) underlying it or in linkage disequilibrium with it. To achieve this vision and ensure the rapid delivery of tools to breeders along the way, the IWGSC identifies short-term and long-term strategic goals. Projects coordinated and endorsed by the IWGSC related specifically to the hexaploid, bread wheat genome, cv. Chinese Spring, fall within two broad categories: physical mapping (i.e., construction of chromosome based physical maps anchored to the genetic maps) and sequencing. The IWGSC also supported and coordinated the completion of the Ae. tauschii physical map as well as the establishment of high-resolution radiation hybrid physical maps.