Cathy Norton has passed away

It is with great sadness that we learned about the recent passing away of Cathy Norton on the 23rd of December 2014.

She will be remembered as a very dedicated and full of energy person. She was for almost 20 years the director of the MBL Library in Woods Hole with a more than 30 years career in this institution. 

She was most appreciated for her visionary approach in the information sciences area. 

It has been a great honor to know her and to collaborate with her. We all keep an unforgettable memory of TDWG 2010 in Woods Hole and the many other occasions we met up with her. She will be missed and we would like to express all our condolences to her family and her friends. 

Those who would like to make a gesture are encouraged to do so by making a donation to her fellowship program at .

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.

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.

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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.

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14-Oct-2014 Call for Nomination of TDWG Executive Positions 2015 is now open !

Call for nomination for the TDWG 2015 Executive is now open.

Deadline October 29th 2014 at noon (Swedish time). 

We have designed a survey to collect nominations for ...

16-Sep-2014 Reminder TDWG 2014 Registration and abstract submissions!

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  Last Modified: 24 December 2014