Basic Standards Recommendations

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

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 2015 Annual Conference

Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) will hold its 2015 annual conference 28 September to 3 October 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.  This is TDWG’s first conference in Africa!  The theme of the conference is Applications, Standards and Capacity Building for Sustaining Global Biodiversity.  Subprograms will include: Digitization, Semantic Technologies, Phyloinformatics, Outreach and Collaboration, ePublications, Trait Data, and Conservation informatics. A  5-day capacity building workshop for African participants at the conference will be organized, focussing primarily on biodiversity collection digitization, biodiversity databases, data cleaning, and georeferencing. The workshop dates are 21-25 September 2015 (the week before the TDWG conference).

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-

  • Free registration              - Required to access TDWG online resources
  • Individual Membership     - US$75/year
  • Institutional Membership - US$500/year but US$400 if paid by March 31 (discount period extended!)

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

Latest News

13-Mar-2015 CABIN CALL2015 for proposals for the mobilisation and on-line publication of biodiversity data from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dear all,

The CABIN project (Central African Biodiversity Information Network) supported by the Belgian Development Cooperation (DGD) and initiated by the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) is organising a CALL2015 for...


05-Mar-2015 Extention deadline to 16th of March : Call symposia and workshops TDWG 2015

Thank you ! We have received many proposals for the pre-conference trainings. We would need more proposals for Symposia and workshops during the conference itself. The deadline to submit such proposals has thus be extended to...


10-Feb-2015 Call for Symposia and Workshops is open! Deadline to submit proposals is 16th of March 2015.

Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) will hold its 2015 annual conference 28 September to 3 October 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.  This is TDWG’s first conference in Africa!  The theme of the conference...


15-Jan-2015 CETAF/EU BON informatics workshops

Within the framework of the EU BON project we are organizing the 2nd EU BON training on data sharing tools which will take place side by side to CETAF/EU BON informatics workshops (see full program and logistic details here). The...


29-Oct-2014 TDWG Call for nomination for 2015 executive is closed !

The call for nomination for the 2015 TDWG executive is now closed.

You can find hereunder the list of Nominees. We will now proceed to the elections and the results will be announced on this site.

 List of Nominees for...


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