Basic Standards Recommendations

The TDWG community's priority is the development of standards for the exchange of biological/biodiversity data.

The most widely deployed formats for biodiversity occurrence data are Darwin Core and ABCD.

The TDWG GUID Applicability Statement provides guidance on the assignment of Globally Unique Identifiers to biodiversity information resources.

TDWG's activities within the biodiversity informatics domain can be found in the Activities section of this website.

TDWG 2016 Annual Conference: Dec 5-9 in Santa Clara de San Carlos, Costa Rica

TDWG's 2016 Annual Conference will hosted by the Costa Rica Institute of Technology (TEC) and the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio) in Santa Clara de San Carlos, near La Fortuna, a center of tourism at the base of the Arenal volcano.  The conference theme is:

   "Standards Supporting Innovation in Biodiversity Research and Conservation"

Please see the main conference page for more about the program, and details about the conference venue, housing, theme, travel, and excursions.  

Please become a member. TDWG needs everyone with a strong interest in biodiversity information to participate in developing effective standards for sharing that information. We need IT professionals, taxonomists, ecologists, geoscientists, and librarians. We need members from institutions and agencies that do or could use our standards to make their data more usable. Your participation ensures that what we develop will save you time and money.

There are three ways to join TDWG-

Institutional members are entitled to up to five discounted registrations at the annual conference. Please visit the Membership page for more details.



Latest News

Final TDWG 2016 Program


The full program (including the overview and posters) of the TDWG 2016 conference program is now available (last revised 1 Dec. 2016; this is the final printable program). Note that printed programs will NOT be...[more]

New TDWG Constitution submitted for review


90-day public consultation and comment period begins 06-Sep-2016[more]

Early registration extended to Aug 16


The early registration period has been extended through August 15th.  Basic registration fees will go up $50 on August 16 (00:00 UTC-6).  Register early to secure the best rate.[more]

TDWG Community Support Fund


TDWG Interest (IG) and Task (TG) Groups undertake the core business of our organization: developing the standards and guidelines that enable us to integrate vast amounts of biodiversity information. TDWG is committed to...[more]

Open call for TDWG committee volunteers


Your TDWG Executive Committee is establishing highly effective committees that address key functions of our organization. We are inviting those interested in becoming involved in the following activities to step...[more]

Deadline for Symposium Proposals Extended


The deadline for proposing symposia and workshops at the 2016 Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Meeting in Costa Rica has been extended to 11 April 2016. It came to our...[more]

Category: 2016 Conference

2016 Call for Proposals for Symposia & Workshops


Organize a symposium and/or workshop for TDWG 2016, submit a proposal by Mar 11 for full consideration.[more]

Category: 2016 Conference


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  Last Modified: 17 October 2016