Biodiversity Information Science and Standards : Conference Abstract
Conference Abstract
Retiring TDWG Standards and How Mapping Standards Could Support Agility
expand article info Kristen "Kit" Lewers
‡ University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, United States of America
Open Access


Since its genesis in September 1985, TDWG (formerly Taxonomic Databases Working Group now Biodiversity Information Standards) has become the steward of standards for the biodiversity informatics community; however, there is not yet a process for retiring standards. This talk will educate the community members on TDWG Standard categories of "Current Standard", "Prior Standard", "2005 Standard", and the history and context of how these categories came to be. It will also report on the progress the TAG (Technical Architecture Group) has made on moving towards creating a process for retiring standards through auditing, community participation, and other methods. 

Mapping TDWG standards can provide an agility to address overlaps, gaps, contradictions, and/or inconsistencies between standards in a proactive manner. Mapping standards' relationships provides infrastructure to support decision-making, combat information overload, and give context to the community as it continues to progress at a rapid pace. More specifically for TDWG, it gives a clear picture how updating, ratifying, and/or retiring a singular standard impacts the greater TDWG information ecosystem and how to update adjacent standards to preserve clarity and consistency for the community as a whole.


information architecture, information science, organization studies, science of science, HCI, human computer interaction

Presenting author

Kristen "Kit" Lewers

Presented at

TDWG 2023


None of this research would be possible without the leadership and assistance of the TAG's chair, Steven J. Baskauf, and the greater TDWG community.

Funding program

University of Colorado Boulder, Information Science Department

Conflicts of interest

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
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