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 1 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).

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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

Draft Program Outline for TDWG 2015 available


An overview of the TDWG 2015 schedule is now available at Please review if you are planning to attend and make sure that important sessions you are in do not conflict. Also, if you are planning to...[more]

Position available: TDWG Coordinator


Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) seeks a part-time coordinator to work remotely on a contract basis. The contract will be administered via the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and supervised by the TDWG chair....[more]

Registration for TDWG 2015 in Nairobi is now open


Registration is now open for the TDWG 2015 conference in Nairobi. See registration fees and a link to Regonline at If you expect registration to be part of an institutional membership, contact...[more]

Extension of the deadline to submit abstracts for TDWG 2015 to 24th of July


The deadline to submit abstracts for TDWG 2015 has been extended to the 24th of July More information on how to apply here : We would like especially to encourage,  Symposia,...[more]

Extension of deadline JRS travel Awards to 12th of July


The deadline to apply for a JRS travel grant to TDWG 2015 has been extended to the 12th of July more info at :[more]

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