Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG)

We are a non-profit organization and community dedicated to developing biodiversity information standards

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Historically known as the Taxonomic Databases Working Group, today's Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) is a not-for-profit, scientific and educational association formed to establish international collaboration among the creators, managers and users of biodiversity information and to promote the wider and more effective dissemination and sharing of knowledge about the world's heritage of biological organisms.

To achieve its goals, TDWG:

  • develops, adopts and promotes standards and guidelines for the recording and exchange of data about organisms
  • promotes the use of these standards and guidelines through the most appropriate and effective means
  • acts as a community forum for discussion through meetings, online discussions, and publications.

See the About section to learn how TDWG operates and how you can participate. Active Interest Groups are described under Community.

TDWG 2019

Our 2019 conference, biodiversity_next, will be in Leiden, 21-25 Oct, 2019. Proposals for breakout sessions are due 30 Nov, 2018.

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Our most popular standards

Darwin Core

Darwin Core is our most popular standard for sharing biodiversity information.

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Election of Executive officers opens

The election of TDWG officers is now open. Ballots have been mailed to members in good standing. If you expected a ballot, but did not receive one, please contact the to clarify your membership status. Voting closes …

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Nominees for the Executive Committee (2019-2020)

Nominations are open for positions on the Executive Committee for Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). This is an opportunity to lead the future of biodiversity informatics and work with an enthusiastic team to improve the quality and interoperability of biodiversity data …

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