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Bioinformatics Resources

Online Resource Web Address Description

Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG)

TDWG group home page, with links to many projects and information on conferences.

Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Standards

Links to pages of groups working on various biodiversity information standards, such as Darwin Core, TAPIR, etc.

Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG), 2011 conference presentations

2011 TDWG conference presentations are available online. Reference the program to find presentations of interest:

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

Provides and encourages access to biodiversity collections and data online, including map shapefiles.

Biological Collection Access Services (BioCASE)

Provides online access to European collections and observations data.

Atlas of Living Australia

Online access to biodiversity information on Australian faunas, including ecological niche models, collections and observation data, and structured querying of data.


Network coordinating access to vertebrate collections data worldwide.

USGS Biological Informatics Program

Provides coordination of federal biological collections, including a new effort – "BISON" – Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation.


The national resource for advancing digitization of biological collections, coordinating all ADBC efforts and developing standards and procedures for managing and serving those data.

Biodiversity Heritage Library

Consortium of libraries digitizing literature for online access. This is part of the EOL initiative.

Encyclopedia of Life

Initiative to provide an online presence for all described species.

Minimum Information About a Phylogenetic Analysis Standard (MIAPA) Phylogenetics/MIAPAWorkshop2011

Working group to develop standards for repeatability of phylogenetic analyses.

NY Botanical Gardens Digital Imaging

Digital imaging and archiving procedures from the New York Botanical Gardens.


A digital data repository for biodiversity resources, including ways to intersect user space and data space to enable various kinds of sharing.


Arthropod digitization effort of UC Berkeley collections, part of the NSF – ADBC thematic collection networks.


To develop a demonstration prototype of a service-oriented architecture enabling and supporting morphologically based phylogenetic studies.

iPlant Collaborative

Cyberinfrastructure and computational tools to support plant science.

iPlant Collaborative, Taxonomic Name Resolution Service

A utility for correcting and standardizing plant taxonomic names.

Moorea Biocode

A comprehensive inventory of non-microbial life, presenting substantial challenges for collecting, managing, and serving biological data.


BiSciCol (Biological Science Collections) Tracker is a funded NSF collaborative project with the goal of building an infrastructure designed to tag and track scientific collections and all of their derivatives."

Map of Life

Creating a platform and set of resources for the development of distribution maps and tools for creating, distributing, and querying them.


Intended to be "a distributed framework and sustainable cyberinfrastructure that meets the needs of science and society for open, persistent, robust, and secure access to well-described and easily discovered Earth observational data."

OpenUp! Europeana Collections

A project to provide data standards for European natural history collections images, making them accessible to the EUROPEANA community.


A software project that aims to build web-based tools for building specimen-based virtual floras and faunas. It is seen as a way for smaller collections to share with larger projects as well, such as GBIF.