TDWG 2014 Annual Conference

Elmia Congress Centre

Jönköping, Sweden

October 27-31, 2014

TDWG2014 - Jönköping, Sweden. October 27-31.

Conference Theme

The primary theme of TDWG 2014 is

"Applications and Data Standards for Sustaining Biodiversity"

The open "call for papers" is immediately below. Contributions that address the theme will be given preference, but any contribution addressing the management, integration, and interoperability of biodiversity information will be considered.

Computer demonstrations, contributed papers, and meetings of TDWG Interest/Task Groups will be accommodated as fully as possible. If the number of contributed papers exceeds the space available, authors may be asked to contribute posters. Posters are strongly encouraged as a means of presenting ongoing innovative activities, if program time is not available.

Call for Papers - Abstract Submission

A call for abstracts and session proposals has been announced:

  • The program committee is soliciting contributions that address the conference theme or other topics in biodiversity informatics.
  • Abstracts must be sumbitted for Contributed Papers, Symposia, Lightning talks, Posters, Computer Demos, Special Interest Groups (IGs) and Working (IG Task) Groups.
  • When there is more than one author, the first author will be assumed to be the point of contact. This person or a designated substitute must be available for correspondence between the submission deadline and the meeting.
  • Abstracts will not be peer-reviewed or formally edited before being made available on the TDWG website for the meeting.
  • Author guidelines appear on the Call for Paper initial webpage and also on Step One of the Abstract Submission Process (you can view this without yet submitting your abstract)

The call for abstracts and session proposals (CFP) is now open and will close on Sept. 25th, 2014.

Please submit your abstract here!

You will be able to see later the abstracts for accepted presentations at A Program PDF will be uploaded here later and the latest Announcements and Program Changes can be found here!.

(*) Please note that the OCS (Open Conference System for abstract submission) is not integrated to TDWG's Single sign-on for the website or wiki. To submit an abstract or manage any abstracts submitted to your Track (if you are a symposium or workshop organizer), your password for the Open Conference System can be reset with your email. The (OCS) system may ask you to change your password the first time you log in. Please notify William_(underscore)_Ulate_(underscore)_R (at) yahoo (dot) com if you are still not able to log in or if you have any questions about the system.

Draft Program

TDWG DRAFT PROGRAMME 2014 Please direct all questions and updates to Anders Telenius: anders.telenius[at]nrm[dot]se

Program Committee

Symposia and Workshops



ID Title Run Title Convener(s) Time Required (minutes) room size Comments Contact
1 Biodiversity Informatics Workflows and Services Workflows James Macklin, Anton Güntsch, Paul Morris, Bertram Ludäscher, Yde de Jong 90 Rydberg Plenary Hall   james.macklin(at-symbol)
2 Biodiversity Data Quality – issues, methods and tools Data quality Antonio Mauro Saraiva 270 Rydberg Plenary Hall + Room B   saraiva(at-symbol)
3 Standards for mobilising and integrating sample-based data Mobilizing sample data Éamonn Ó Tuama, Hannu Saarenmaa 90 Rydberg Plenary Hall   eotuama(at-symbol)
4 Names-based Architecture for Linking Biodiversity Data Names architecture Yde de Jong, Rich Pyle 90 Rydberg Plenary Hall   Y.S.D.M.deJong(at-symbol)
5 Access to Digitization Tools And Methods OCR, MHR, NLP, Images Elspeth Haston, Deb Paul, Vince Smith 180 Rydberg Plenary Hall   e.haston(at-symbol)
6 Distributed Open-Source Development of Collection Management Systems (DINA-Consortium) DINA-Consortium Fredrik Ronquist, James Macklin, Gregor Hagedorn, Nikolaj Scharff, Urmas Koljalg, Elspeth Haston 180 Rydberg Plenary Hall   fredrik.ronquist(at-symbol)
7 ABCD 3: Which Way to Go? ABCD Gabriele Dröge, Jana Hoffmann, Jörg Holetschek 90     j.holetschek(at-symbol)
8 Expanding the Usefulness of Literature in Sustaining Biodiversity BHL Martin Kalfatovic, Carolyn Sheffield 90 30-50   SheffieldC(at-symbol)
9 Biodiversity data synthesis and discovery at a Tree of Life scale Phyloinformatics Nico Cellinese, Hilmar Lapp 90     ncellinese(at-symbol)
10 TDWG participation in Research Data Alliance RDA Yde de Jong, Nicky Nicolson 90     Y.S.D.M.deJong(at-symbol)
11 Citizen science: a growing approach to biodiversity monitoring Citizen science (Symposium) Robert D. Stevenson, Nicole Kaplan, Louis Liebenberg keynote + 90     rdstevenson10(at-symbol)


1 TDWG Executive Committee Meeting Exec Saturday, Oct 25; at the Styrelserummet room at the Swedish Museum of Natural History at Stockholm        
2 Distributed Open-Source Development of Collection Management Systems (DINA Consortium). DINA Meeting Friday, Oct 24; at the Swedish Museum of Natural History at Stockholm        
3 Identifier Workshop Identifier Wkshp Nico Cellinese, John Deck, Rob Guralnick. Sat., Oct 25 and Sun., Oct.26 Wickmanrummet Room at the Swedish Museum of Natural History at Stockholm       ncellinese(at-symbol)


1 Biodiversity informatics curriculum/teaching BI curriculum Hanna Koivula 90   New interest group hanna.koivula(at-symbol)
2 Literature Literature Martin Kalfatovic        
3 Genomic Biodiversity GBWG Meeting John Deck        
4 IG/TG & Exec IG/TG & Exec Cyndy Parr        
5 Annotations Annotations Paul J. Morris        
6 Traits in RDF Traits in RDF Anais Grand & Cyndy Parr        
7 Data Quality Data Quality Antonio Saraiva & Arthur Chapman        


1 Audubon Core Implementations Audubon Core Gabriele Dröge, Steve Baskauf, Gregor Hagedorn, Bob Morris 90     g.droege(at-symbol)
2 Effective Biodiversity Data Management Training Data Management (Training) Birgitta König-Ries, Roman Gerlach, Jitendra Gaikwad, A. Townsend Peterson 90     roman.gerlach(at-symbol)
3 Software Solutions for Data Management Data Management (Software) Birgitta König-Ries, Roman Gerlach, Jitendra Gaikwad, Dagmar Triebel, Markus Weiss 180     roman.gerlach(at-symbol)
4 Darwin Core Tutorial and Workshop Darwin Core James Macklin, Steve Baskauf, John Wieczorek, Hilmar Lapp, Joel Sachs 4 x 90 min (2 days)     joel.sachs(at-symbol)
5 Building Biodiversity Informatics Standards and Capacity for Citizen Science Citizen Science (Workshop) Robert D. Stevenson, Nicole Kaplan, Louis Liebenberg 120   workshop related to citizen science symposium rdstevenson10(at-symbol)
ID Title Run Title Convener(s) Time Required (minutes) room size Comments Contact

TDWG 2014 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) members

Conference Manager Anders Telenius
Local Member Christina Frisk
Local Agency Elmia Meetings
Elima AB
P.O. Box 6066
SE-550 06 Jönköping
Phone: +46 36 15 20 00
Fax: +46 36 71 85 44


 Date-TimeMember PriceNon-Member Price
Early registration until Sep 6, 23:59 UTC+1€ 480€ 535
Normal registrationuntil Sep 29, 23:59 UTC+1€ 530€ 585
Late registrationSep 30, 00:00 UTC+1 or later€ 580€ 635


Registration is now open at:

(*) Please note that RegOnline (for conference registration) also requires a sign-on, and is a separate secure system from the abstract submission (OCS) and from TDWG website, and thus a separate password with your email address is needed. If you have problems logging on, please contact Stan Blum (SBlum[at]calacademy[dot]org).


This year's Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG 2014) Conference will be held at the Elmia Congress Centre (Lat. N 57º 47' 19"; Long. E 14º 13' 48"), located in the city of Jönköping, 300 km south of Sweden´s capital Stockholm. Jönköping See Location on map

Elmia Congress Centre is one of the largest conference venues in Scandinavia. Here hundreds of meetings are organized each year accommodating up to 50 000 visitors on a single occasion. Several main halls and a set of break out rooms are available, and TDWG 2014 will make use of fully equipped premises with free wired and wireless Internet connection (5 Gbit/s). Posters will be exhibited in the foyer adjacent to all TDWG activities; restaurant, café and lounges are in-house.

Elmia Congress Centre is environmentally certified and fully accessible for the disabled. Images and maps will be found at the Elmia website (


Accomodation must be organized by conference delegates independently

Although, more options are available nearby at regular rates, these are our recommendations (with special rates):

At Stockholm:

For Ancillar Meetings and Exec Meeting (Fri.24 & Sat.25) consider these hotels are all located in the centre of Stockholm ca. 10 minutes train ride from the Sw. Museum of Nat. History (at subway station "University"):

At Jönköping:

  • Next door to the Conference Venue:
    Scandic Elmia
    Make sure to mention code BTDW261014 when reserving.
    Standard (Single: €135/$185 / Double: €145/$200), Superior €165/$230

  • Ten minutes walk from Jönköping City Centre:
    Elite Stora Hotellet
    Single: €133/$184 / Double: €143/$198

  • Five minutes in the opposite direction:
    Villa Björkhagen
    Single: €95/$119 / Double: €110/$138
Images and maps may be found at each of the websites mentioned.

Recommended Travel Options

The recommended way of finally getting to Jönköping is by air to Stockholm/Arlanda airport, connecting by train from Stockholm C. Commuter trains (Arlanda Express [; 280SEK/€29/37$ one way] and buses [; 105SEK/€11/15$] connect the airport with the main railway station in Stockholm, whereupon trains depart hourly (weekdays) to Jönköping (tickets may be bought at; ca. 3-400 SEK/€31-42/42-57$ one way]. NB: This route allows for attendance at pre-conference activities planned in Stockholm at the Swedish Museum of Natural History. For those signing up for this part of the program either Saturday and/or Sunday October 25-26 a special coach service on Sunday afternoon is planned (at an extra cost of ca. €30/$40 per individual). Registration for the coach service is necessary alongside the conference registration!

Other ways of reaching Jönköping are via Gothenburg/Landvetter airport, continuing by train ( (2 hours) or bus (1,5 hour), or possibly from Copenhagen (Denmark) again catching a train ( (3,5 hours). Finally Jönköping airport ( may be reached by commuter flights from Stockholm/Arlanda.

International airports:

  • Gothenburg 1,5 hours by bus, 2 hours by train
  • Stockholm 1 hour by plane, 3,5 hours by train
  • Copenhagen 3,5 hours per train

Jönköping Airport

Served by NextJet from Stockholm/Arlanda. Situated 15 minutes from venue/hotel by taxi/public transport

Local transportation

to city centre by bus/taxi within a few minutes.
In Jönköping taxis or local buses (No. 1) ( will bring delegates to Elmia in a few minutes.

Guided pre-tour

by bus from Copenhagen or Stockholm possible

Traveler's Documentation

Visitors from EU countries must have a valid national identity card to enter Sweden. Visitors from other countries must carry a valid passport. For some countries a visa is required. Participants are encouraged to check with the Swedish consulate or diplomatic mission in their home country or with their travel agency for visa requirements. It is the responsibility of each participant to obtain a visa if required. Information about visas is also available at

Liability and Insurance

The Conference secretariat and the local organizer cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of conference participants and accompanying persons. Participants and accompanying persons are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for the trip.

Currency Exchange, Credit Cards and ATMs

The currency unit in Sweden is Swedish Krona (SEK). International credit cards are accepted at all hotels and most restaurants and shops. Foreign currency may be exchanged at exchange offices and banks (Monday-Friday 10 AM-3 PM) in airports and in cities. ATM machines are frequently available.


Late October/early November in Sweden means autumnal climate reigns. Temperatures will range between +5°C - +10°C but may occasionally drop to 0°C, especially at nights and when rainy. Clear days will be cool but may provide spectacular views of Stockholm and Jönköping.

Shopping hours

Most stores in Sweden stay open from 9 or 10 AM until at least 6 to7 PM (or may close slightly earlier on Saturdays and Sundays).

Phone Calls

The National phone code to Sweden is +46, then add the regional code but delete an initial “0” before the individual connection. When calling out of Sweden you must start by dialing “00”.


The electrical current provided in Sweden is 220-230 Volts, 50 Hz A/C. Socket and plug as in image.

Social Events

All are invited to attend a free Welcome Reception planned at Elmia Scandic in Jönköping starting at 8 PM on Sunday October 26, 2014. The Scandic Elmia is adjacent to the conference center. For those attending pre-conference activities in Stockholm food and lodging will be arranged/hotels recommended.

About Jönköping

  • Jönköping is an important trade fair and meeting city in Scandinavia
  • Its a leading transport, logistics an communications hub
  • An Administrative Center - 4 courts and 3 government agencies, among them the Swedish Forest Agency and the Swedish Board of Agriculture
  • Internationally well known University
  • Centre of the "Entrepreneurial belt" - one of Sweden's economically most prosperous cities and regions


  • Sweden’s oldest royal castle “Näs” from the 12th century
  • 70% forest and 2,300 lakes in the region
  • Globally leading safety matches industry in the 19th century (the World’s only Match museum)
  • 85% of Sweden's population live within 350 km from Jönköping

A major regional hub (trade, industry, education) Jönköping (pop. 90 000) sits nicely at the historically important crossroads of land- and waterways in central southern Sweden, by southern tip of the country´s second largest Lake Vättern. During the past 40 years the town has grown to become a major conference organizer with an annual output of several hundred large and small events. Information, images and maps of the city and its hinterland may be found at

Among sites worth visiting in and around Jönköping:

  1. the Match museum tells the story of the city´s major 19th century industry, based on the invention of safety matches and producing considerable prosperity to the citizens and to the country as well;
  2. the city centre offers nice walks, shopping, restaurants, bars and clubs of all kinds;
  3. Jönköping´s neighbouring but smaller sister town Husqvarna, which used to be a major arms supplier for centuries before turning to motorcycles and chainsaw production, present these activities in separate museums;
  4. the small picturesque town Gränna (30 mins. north of Jönköping by regular coach service) beneath the steep escarpment that once created Lake Vättern is the birth-place of the typical kind of candy (“Polkagris”) manufactured and sold in lots of bakeries, and
  5. the surrounding East Vättern Scarp Landscape Biosphere Reserve ( is one of five Swedish UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, presenting numerous examples of sustainable development practices.

Planned (optional) Excursions


Please note that the excursions are subject to change depending on weather, shown interest or any other unforeseen circumstances not predictable at the present time.

You can choose from the following Full-day and Half-day excursions:

Full-day Excursions

  • A tour to the countship Gränna-Visingsö

  • Starting time: 9:00 AM.Meeting point:
    Elmia (Conference Venue)
    Duration: 8 hours.Price: 1 200 SEK(minimum 25 pax)
    Rock candy, cobbled streets and jousting. Half an hour from Jönköping, the countship of Gränna-Visingsö is one of Sweden´s most popular tourist areas. The countship of Gränna-Visingsö has much to offer. Play on two of Sweden´s most beautiful golf courses, travel by ‘remmalag´ (horse and cart), try making rock candy, visit the medieval ruins or just enjoy the beautiful nature, and much more.   According to the legend, Visingsö was created when the giant Vist threw a tuft of grass into the Vättern lake, making sure his woman had something to step on. “The tuft of grass" is still buzzing with life just like a thousand years ago. At Visingsö there are a lot of remnants from the stone age and forward. During the middle ages, the Swedish Kings ruled from their fort at the southern cape and in the 1600´s the island became the centre of the BraheCounty which stretches on both sides of the lake. Today, you can enjoy historic remnants, beautiful nature, arts and much more on beautiful Visingsö.
  • Ride as the Vikings.

  • Starting time: 9:00 AM.Meeting point:
    Elmia (Conference Venue)
    Duration: 7 hours.Price: 1 500 SEK(minimum 10 pax,
    maximum 35 pax)
    Icelandic horses are also known as Viking horses and origin from Island. In Kyrkekvarn, about 45 min. drive from Jonkoping, you have the chance to ride in a group in the forest and the ride is about 4 hours and includes a hot stew as lunch – eaten in a cabin while your horse waits outside. The nature varies a lot and the riding suits anyone that weighs less than 100 kilo. You don’t have to be used to horses and helmets are there for you to borrow. It is recommended that you wear comfortable and warm clothes and shoes or boots that keep you warm dry depending on the weather.


    Half-day Excursions

  • The Taberg Mountain

  • Starting time: 9:00 A.M.Meeting point:
    Elmia (Conference venue)
    Duration: 4 hours.Price: 650 SEK(minimum 10 pax,
    maximum 30 pax)
    With its 343 m above sea level and with a magnificent view "Smålands Miracle" is a natural attraction. After a break at the top you can go down to the mine and be on a guided tour with the opportunity to see real live bats. To the south and east of the mountain it drops almost vertically, while in the north and west has a flatter slope. Taberg is an isolated ore body of the unusual rock titanmagnetitolivinit, known to only exist in one place in the world. Apart from iron ore containing vanadium and titanium. Mining has been going on since the 1400s and until 1951. The mountain has therefore also of great historical value. By the very special rock Taberg has distinctive and very rich vegetation. The reserve is also growing species such as forest clock, stickel seed and bird's-nest orchid. As a local of mosses belonging to the species-rich in Taberg, southern Sweden. Sand Lizard runs around on the mountain slopes and more than half the country's bat species hibernate in old mine shafts. Taberg was set aside as nature reserves in 1985 primarily because of its unique geology and vegetation. It is a popular tourist destination and is frequently used for outdoor recreation.
  • The history of Jönköping.

  • Starting time: 9:00 AM. or 1:00 PMMeeting point:
    City Hall
    Duration: 3 hours.Price: 450 SEK(minimum 10 pax)
    See the city center by foot and hear the stories from a guide who tells you who did what and when. The walk takes approximately 1,5 hours and is done walking. After the tour you visit the world’s only museum of matches which is located in Jönköping. The museum is situated in a beautiful old house from 1848 which was the first match factory in the city. In the museum all the history about matches are being told. You will meet both people and machines that built the match industry and developedit to a world industry. Here you will find a home for people working at the match factory, a movie about matches and thousands of match boxes.
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