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 2014 Annual Conference


TDWG2014 - Jönköping, Sweden. October 27-31.

Elmia Congress Centre

Jönköping, Sweden

October 27-31, 2014

Conference Theme:

"Applications and Data Standards for Sustaining Biodiversity"

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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

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

We would like to remind you of the call for abstracts for TDWG 2014. The deadline is September 25, 2014. If you have already been invited to speak in a symposium, please submit your abstracts as soon as possible so that...

26-Aug-2014 European Conference Standards: your Innovation bridge

The 30th of October 2014 this European conference will bring together the research, innovation and standardization communities to explore and discuss the role of standards in research and innovation.Location: Brussels,...

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

Travel Awards for Sub-Saharan 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...

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...

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