TDWG 2013

Biodiversity Information Standards (aka Taxonomic Database Working Group or TDWG) held it’s annual conference the week of October 28th 2013 in Florence, Italy.

TDWG was formed to establish international collaboration between biological database projects. It promotes the wider and more effective dissemination of information about the World’s heritage of biological organisms for the benefit of the world at large and focuses on the development of standards for the exchange of biological/biodiversity data.

Christian Gendreau, the lead developer for Canadensys delivered a presentation entitled, “Data quality challenges in the Canadensys network of occurrence records: examples, tools, and solutions” co-authored with David P. Shorthouse and Peter Desmet in a special symposium on data quality. He presented the Canadensys network’s vision and it’s ongoing and future work on aspects of data quality.

Data quality challenges in the Canadensys network of occurrence records: examples, tools, and solutions from Christian Gendreau

Christian co-delivered with GBIF France a second, more technical presentation entitled, “Using ElasticSearch as a fast, flexible, and scalable solution to search occurrence records and checklists” co-authored with Marie-Elise Lecoq, David P. Shorthouse and Luc Brouillet. He described how we use ElasticSearch for the VASCAN web site and its newly released application programming interface. GBIF France is using the same technology to handle more than 16 million occurrence records in their national portal.

Using ElasticSearch as a fast, flexible, and scalable solution to search occurrence records and checklists from Christian Gendreau

Christian had the opportunity to exchange ideas and information with members of many biodiversity informatics organizations worldwide. Possible collaborations were discussed with GBIF, GBIF France and BioVeL.

Acknowledgements

  • Anne Bruneau for advice and reviews
  • Anne-Sophie Archambeau for making the GBIF France/Canadensys collaboration possible
  • John Wieczorek for advice and reviews
  • Geoffrey Hall for reviews