Biodiversity Information Science and Standards : Conference Abstract
Conference Abstract
The Catalogue of Life Data Package - A new format for exchanging nomenclatural and taxonomic information
expand article infoMarkus Döring, Geoffrey Donald Ower§
‡ GBIF, Copenhagen, Denmark
§ Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, United States of America
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The Catalogue of Life Data Package (COLDP) format was developed to overcome limitations existing in currently used formats for sharing taxonomic information, namely Darwin Core Archives (DwC-A) and the Catalogue of Life (CoL) submission format also known as the Annual Checklist Exchange Format (ACEF). The tabular text based format, strongly influenced by DwC-A and ACEF, was designed to work with the Frictionless Data Package specification, but includes support for other well established formats like BibTeX and CSL-JSON for literature citations. It is the recommended exchange format for data published to, and downloaded from, the CoL Clearinghouse.


CoL, data exchange, taxonomy, nomenclature

Presenting author

Markus Döring

Presented at

Biodiversity_Next 2019