Biodiversity Information Standards
"Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG)" (formerly The International Working Group on Taxonomic Databases) is a non profit scientific and educational association that is affiliated with the International Union of Biological Sciences. The organisation was formed to establish international collaboration to promote the wider and more effective dissemination of information about the World's heritage of biological organisms for the benefit of the world at large.
- develops, adopts and promotes standards and guidelines for the recording, discovery, exchange and integration of data about organisms
- promotes their use through the most appropriate and effective means, and
- acts as a forum for discussion about biodiversity informatics standards.
Key projects that use TDWG standards
- The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
- The Encyclopedia of Life
- The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA)
- The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)
- Online Zoological Collections of Australian Museums (OZCAM)
- Mammal Networked Information System (MaNIS)