Globally Unique Identifiers (GUIDs)

Date31-Jan-2006 ~ 3-Feb-2006
SummaryNESCent is hosting the first international workshop on Globally Unique Identifiers (GUIDs) for biodiversity February 1-3, 2006, organized by the Taxonomic Databases Working Group (TDWG - and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF - GUIDs will provide basic infrastructure for the exchange of bio-information by providing universal, persistent and unambiguous references to data elements in bioinformatics. This workshop will review potential GUID technologies and then provide recommendations for a development strategy to the TDWG.

Representatives: University of North Carolina, University of Illinois, International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Bergey’s Manual Trust - Michigan State University, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), DNA Data Bank of Japan, Napier University, Landcare Research, Centre for Biological Information Technology (CBIT), International Working Group on Taxonomic Databases (TDWG), University of Rajshahi, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), CABI Bioscience, The World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC), Bishop Museum, Catalogue of Life, IBM, University of Kansas, University of Glasgow, International Plant Names Index (IPNI), GenBank, International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN), California Academy of Sciences.

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