Basic Standards Recommendations

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

The TDWG community's priority is the deployment of Life Science Identifiers (LSID), the preferred Globally Unique Identifier technology and transitioning to RDF encoded metadata as defined by a set of simple vocabularies. All new projects should address the need for tagging their data with LSIDs and consider the use or development of appropriate vocabularies.

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 a volcano.  The conference theme will be:

   "Standards Supporting Innovation in Biodiversity Research and Conservation"

The program committee has issued the call for abstracts, due 6 September 2016. Please see the main conference page for how to submit an abstract, and details about the conference venue, housing, theme, 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

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

Results TDWG 2016 Executive Committee


It is our pleasure to announce the results of the TDWG 2016 Executive Committee :  Congratulations to the newly elected Officers and our thanks to all the candidates for their interest....[more]

Conference Survey Posted


A PDF summary of the TDWG 2015 Post-Meeting Survey is now available for download. The survey represents both people attending TDWG 2015 and those who did not. We thank the 158 participants for their input.[more]

List of Nominations for TDWG 2016 Executive Committee available


Dear all Stay tuned for the opening of the 2016 Executive Committee elections. We provide here under the table with the shortlist of Nominations for the different positions. The ballots will open soon and you will also have...[more]

TDWG 2015 Presentations online !


Thanks to the dedicated support of iDigBio and devotion of Kevin Love, we are happy to announce that the presentations recorded at the TDWG 2015 are online and can be consulted at :...[more]


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  Last Modified: 25 May 2016