TDWG Taxon Concept Transfer Schema

01/01/2004 - 31/03/2005

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The Taxon Concept Modelling project is associated developing standard data models for representing taxonomic names and concepts for use in the biodiversity community. The work is associated with the Taxon Names and Cocnepts interest group of the International Taxonomic Database Working Group. Work initially concentrated on an XML transfer schema to allow for the transfer of taxonomic concept and names data sets between disparate taxonomic databases. This work is now looking at defining a core ontology for concepts and other taxonomic information for TDWG.
TDWG Taxon Concept Transfer Schema is a Research Charities & Trusts project funded by GBIF/NSF. Carried out in collaboration with and others. For further information please refer to
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Project Team

Jessie Kennedy
Dean of Research and Innovation
+44 131 455 2772
Robert Kukla
Senior Research Fellow
+44 131 455 2738

Associated Publications

Kennedy, J., Hyam, R., Kukla, R., Paterson, T. (2006). A Standard Data Model Representation for Taxonomic Information. OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology, 10, (2), 220-230.

Kennedy, J., Kukla, R., Paterson, T. (2005). Scientific names are ambiguous as identifiers for biological taxa: their context and definition are required for accurate data integration. In: Ludaescher, B., Raschid, L. (Eds.) Data Integration in the Life Sciences, 3615, () ( ed.). (pp. 80-95). Berlin Heidelberg: . Springer-Verlag.