Biological Data Standards Cluster

From Federation of Earth Science Information Partners

Biological sciences intersect with the Earth sciences in understanding processes that cross domains and provide a robust picture of our dynamic and changing planet. Biological data are heterogeneous and uniquely organized on a per project basis. As noted by an attendee of the IOOS-ESIP Biological Data Standards Workshop “The diversity of biological data, and (seeming) lack of overarching community standards makes working with biological data challenging.” Several standards do exist for biological data, however these different data, metadata, and taxonomic standards are confusing for data managers and data users to navigate. The biological data community in the US could benefit from guidance, best practice documentation, training, and community building. Ultimately, the goal is to maximize data relevance and utility for understanding changes in biodiversity over time. The Biological Data Standards Cluster will coordinate and, where possible, use outputs from existing clusters such as the Marine Data Cluster and the Cluster. The Biological Data Standards Cluster will also engage with the Biodiversity Information Standards (aka TDWG) community to ensure approaches adopted by the US community align with those of the global community and to foster increased interaction between the two communities.


  • Active work ongoing on a decision tree for data managers new to biological data standards



  • See Slack Channel (if you need to sign up to the ESIP Slack universe use this link instead: LINK)

Get Involved

  • Email List: LINK
  • Telecons: Generally 1st Thursday of the Month at 2 pm ET/11 am PT but for summer 2021:
    • MAY 20 at 1 pm ET /10 am PT
    • JUNE 24 at 1 pm ET /10 am PT
    • JULY: No Meeting
    • AUG 5 at 2pm ET / 11 am as normal
    • Zoom meeting: LINK Meeting ID: 873 9272 9191 Passcode: 708422                    

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