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.

Announcement of 2014 TDWG Annual Meeting

 Due to the unfortunate local situation and the recent attacks in Kenya, many governments have issued warnings to their citizens forbidding or strongly discouraging travel to Kenya. The local organizers made great efforts to ensure a proper and secure venue for a successful TDWG Conference. However, the executive received indications that quite a few participants would be unable to travel to the meeting. Low attendance and uncertainty raises concerns of high financial risks and lack of effective networking.

We sent a survey to TDWG mailing lists and former conference participants for input. Of 140 respondents, only 30% were sure to come to Kenya. 67% were in favor of shifting location to the possible European alternative, and over 52% favored having TDWG 2015 in Africa, including the planned pre-meeting training workshops.

The Executive of TDWG thus made the difficult decision to cancel the 2014 TDWG in Kenya and shift it to the alternative location in Europe.

Considering all the efforts already made by the local organizing committee and the program chair, and the importance of having a venue in Sub-Saharan Africa, TDWG 2015 will be organized in Nairobi, Kenya. The Executive Committee will prepare a back-up plan and alternative location in Africa in case of further trouble or governmental travel warnings in 2015. Postponing the meeting by one year gives all concerned parties the time to organize an African meeting with the greatest chance of success.

The venue for TDWG 2014 conference will thus be the town of Jönköping in Sweden co-organized by the Swedish GBIF node and Destination Jönköping. The dates are confirmed from 27th to 31st of October 2014.

The Executive offers its deepest apologizes to the Kenyan local organizing committee for the major inconvenience and thanks them for their much appreciated efforts. Likewise, the Executive would like to thank the Swedish team for agreeing to host the 2014 edition on short notice.

We hope to see you in large numbers both in Sweden this October and in Kenya next year.

The TDWG Executive


Call for Symposia and Workshops open until January 15th 2014 at :

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Latest News

14-Aug-2014 TDWG registration and abstract submission now open !

The registration and abstract submissions are now open.

more information at :

reminder : Possibility for African partners to apply for a JRS Biodiversity and Belgian Cooperation Travel...

25-Jul-2014 Travel Awards for African Participation in the 2014 TDWG Conference, Jönköping, Sweden

Biodiversity Information Specialists from developing Sub-Saharan African countries are invited to apply for travel awards to participate in the 2014 Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Annual Conference, to be held 27-31...

17-Jun-2014 TDWG 2014 Change of venue

Due to the unfortunate local situation and the recent attacks in Kenya, many governments have issued warnings to their citizens forbidding or strongly discouraging travel to Kenya. The local organizers made great efforts to...

12-Mar-2014 Reminder : Apply for hosting TDWG 2015

Reminder :

TDWG is still expecting expression of interests and full proposals to host TDWG 2015. Preferred locations would be North America or Europe, but proposals from other regions will also be considered. Applications for...

09-Jan-2014 Deadline extended : TDWG Conference 2014 Call for Symposia and Workshops

The Deadline to submit proposals for Symposia and Workshops for TDWG 2014 is extended until January 31st 2014 !More info at :


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