Happening this week: TDWG2020 Annual Conference!
Standards that describe and support the exchange of biodiversity information are a critical scientific infrastructure. They enable data to be integrated in support of research, as well as decision-making and conservation planning. Ultimately, standards extend the usability of data across taxa, scientific disciplines, and administrative boundaries. Our annual Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) conferences serve two purposes:
- to provide a forum for developing, refining, and extending standards in response to new challenges and opportunities;
- to provide a showcase for biodiversity informatics – much of which relies on the standards created by TDWG and other organizations.
TDWG 2020 is a virtual conference — a collection of online working sessions, webinar-style symposia, presentations, panel discussions, and recorded presentations. Working sessions took place during the week of September 21-25, and the virtual conference opened today and will close on October 23rd.
This week, we envision a mixture of three to four 90-minute or 2 h sessions each day, separated by at least a 30 minutes break. Although we hope to avoid concurrent sessions, the time zones differences across our global community will guarantee that some of the audience for any session will be participating outside normal working hours.
Tonight, Monday 19 October 17:00 and 22:00 UTC, don’t miss the keynotes! (Dr. Scott Edwards, Curator of Ornithology at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Dr. Ken-ichi Ueda, Co-founder iNaturalist).
We hope you will join us in this experiment to reimagine our in-person meetings in a virtual environment.