Bring your perspectives on how to "Describe Life" to the 4th annual event on TaxonWorks, its community, and the broader world of biodiversity informatics


Our 4th TaxonWorks Together event (24 - 26 October 2023). Join us for 3 days of activities centered around building the TaxonWorks community, highlighting what's new, what's changed, and what is on the horizon. Some activities will be highly guided, some information style, and some unconference style. These activities are open events and Your feedback and contributions will make a difference. Learn from those using TaxonWorks in their taxonomic and digitization workflows. See demos of powerful new ways to query and update data and new interfaces for managing biological associations, i.e. ways to explore and extend digital specimens. See examples of community-building around complex goals of curating data on some of the World's most hyper-diverse taxa. Hear about TaxonWorks' companions, software, people, and data that extend the core functionality and use of the software. For example TaxonPages is a new open-source code base that produces, well, taxon pages, see how its producing well over 100k pages for the Species File Group. Get the broader perspective at special sessions that move beyond TaxonWorks to look at the role of taxon pages and how the practices behind taxonomic descriptions and biodiversity informatics might evolve.Hear about where TaxonWorks can be improved, and what the challenges behind those improvements are.

As always, we invite new audiences to join us to gather insights for tailoring future directions.

Expect lots of opportunities to ask questions, meet others, and to contribute the conversation.


24 - 26th October 2023

  • See Schedule.
  • Here already? Please add your event idea for TWTogether 2023 (click "New Issue").
  • Can't wait to participate? If you want to share a longer perspective at TWT 2023 on the role of taxon pages or how the process of taxonomic circumscription might evolve propose it to us! See Contact us.
  • Now! Plan your 3-minutes 1 slide presentation. Each day an open session where you can emphasize what's important to your biodiversity informatics world, whether TaxonWorks related or not.


All sessions virtual (Zoom) and free to attend. Registration is required. Space may be limited.

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3 Minutes 1 Slide

If you would like to present your insights or ideas on a given topic about TaxonWorks let us know we'll add you to the list


Notes doc (accessible soon) for TaxonWorks Together 2023

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Learn about TaxonWorks

New to TaxonWorks? Learn about TaxonWorks features and functions via the TaxonWorks YouTube videos and visit the online documentation.

Get a TaxonWorks account

Discover TaxonWorks in a sandbox now. It's ready-to-use, no software installation needed, Contact us.

Get a GitHub account

Not required, but recommended. A GitHub account will help you better participate in many aspects of the community and help you get recognition for the work and expertise you contribute.

Install it

If you are software developer and you want to hack TaxonWorks itself, please start reading install_taxonworks. You Don't Need To Install TW locally to use it. (See number 2 above).


Got data in TaxonWorks already? Looking to experiment to see what your TaxonPages will look like? Try installing this software "locally" (on your computer) to find out. (You will need to install Node on your machine, and git, there’s a link in the above instructions). You can also "see" other sites, if their API is open, look here:


Taxonomists, students, ecologists, curators, collection managers, software developers, biodiversity information scientists, para-taxonomists. If you have questions about TaxonWorks this is a great time to ask them. If you have a vision to share, this is the place. Whether you are very familiar with TaxonWorks or new to our community, all are welcome.


All of You
All of YouYou, the participants, joining us to learn and bringing your tacit knowledge and experiences to share
Amanda Whitmire
Amanda WhitmireHead of Science & Engineering Resource Group; Head Librarian & Bibliographer, Hopkins Marine Library
Arnald Marcer
Arnald MarcerResearcher, CREAF, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Brooke Long-Fox
Brooke Long-FoxData Curation Scientist, Phoenix Bioinformatics
Campbell Webb
Campbell WebbBiodiversity Informatician, Researcher, University of Alaska Museum of the North
Davide Dal Pos
Davide Dal PosResearch Scientist, Ichneumonidae, PhD Candidate at University of Central Florida
Deborah Paul
Deborah PaulModerator, SFG Biodiversity Informatics Community Liaison
Dima Mozzherin
Dima MozzherinBiodiversity Informatician, Global Names Architecture, Species File Group
Dmitry Dmitriev
Dmitry DmitrievResearch Scientist, Bioinformation, Hemiptera, Species File Group
Ely Wallis
Ely WallisAtlas of Living Australia Engagement Team Lead and Collections Community Engagement Manager, current Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Chair (2023-2024)
Emily Hartop
Emily HartopResearch Scientist, Hyperdiverse Diptera, Scientific Head - Diptera: Museum für Naturkunde
Geoff Ower
Geoff OwerResearch Programmer, Species File Group
Heidi Hopkins
Heidi HopkinsBlattodea Research Scientist, Small Orders Curator, SFG/TaxonWorks
James Woolley
James WoolleyChalcidoidea Researcher, Professor Emeritus, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University
Jennifer Hammock
Jennifer HammockProject Manager, Smithsonian Institution
John Heraty
John HeratyResearch Scientist, Chalcidoidea, University of California, Riverside
John Wieczorek
John WieczorekInformation Architect, Rauthiflor LLC
José Luis Pereira
José Luis PereiraMultimedia Designer, Software Developer, Species File Group
Maria Marta Cigliano
Maria Marta CiglianoProject Director, Orthoptera Species File, Research Scientist/Professor, Museo de La Plata
Matt Yoder
Matt YoderBiodiversity Informatician, Lead Software Developer, Species File Group
Nelson Rios
Nelson RiosHead of Biodiversity of Informatics Research, Yale Peabody Museum
Nicky Nicolson
Nicky NicolsonSenior Research Leader, Digital Revolution, Intelligent Data Analysis, KEW
Rudolf Meier
Rudolf MeierProfessor for Integrative Biodiversity Discovery, Museum für Naturkunde
Sergei Tarasov
Sergei TarasovCurator of Coleoptera, LUOMUS
Steffi Ickert-Bond
Steffi Ickert-BondCurator of the Herbarium (ALA), Assist. Prof. of Botany, Institute of Arctic Biology
Susan Edelstein
Susan Edelsteinsoon-to-be Graduate Student, North Carolina State University
Tommy McElrath
Tommy McElrathInsect Collection Manager, Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute


Scheduled events and times are subject to changes until this message goes away! All events will have question / answer / discussion time.

October 24th - In practice - Current use of TaxonWorks with an eye to the future

Time expressed in your local timezone (UTC)


  • Deborah Paul
    Deborah Paul

Welcome and overview

  • Deborah Paul
    Deborah Paul

The weeks topics, an invitation to present and participate. Forums for participation. Meeting norms.


Audience poll and time for questions

  • Deborah Paul
    Deborah Paul

Share a little about what brings you and your fellow participants to TaxonWorks together. Emphasize what you want to take away from TWT.


Symposium - Voices from TaxonWorks Projects - I

Insects and their names! Hyper-diverse taxa. New portals. BBQs.

  • Heidi Hopkins
    Heidi HopkinsThe smaller Polyneopteran orders on TaxonWorks
  • James Woolley
    James WoolleyThe Universal Chalcidoidea Database Group
  • Davide Dal Pos
    Davide Dal PosAssembling the World Ichneumonidae Database: navigating challenges, achieving milestones, and fostering community
  • TBDTBD (Taxon 4)



Symposium - The Future of Species Description

Producing taxonomic descriptions: technology, inventories, integration, AI use. Extended specimen tools for Collections and Taxonomists. How far does the specimen extend?

  • Matt Yoder
    Matt YoderSetting the stage for the conversation
  • Emily Hartop
    Emily HartopLarge-Scale Integrative Taxonomy (LIT) for Dark Taxa
  • Sergei Tarasov
    Sergei TarasovPhenoscript (TBD)
  • Rudolf Meier
    Rudolf MeierFaunistics 2.0: Rapid species discovery, delimitation, description, and identification with robotics, Nanopore sequencing, and machine learning


  • Deborah Paul
    Deborah Paul

Your ideas on the future.




3 minutes, 1 slide - I

  • Deborah Paul
    Deborah Paul

Your topic, your theme, your work.


Unconference I

Topics selected, proposed and prioritized by you, with a little guidance from the organizers. Parallel sessions possible. A chance for in-depth conversations here.

Intro to TaxonWorks
10 minutes to a taxon page
How to do X
Observations and matrices


October 25th - IRL (In Real Life) - The Latest from TaxonWorks the and Species File Group

Time expressed in your local timezone (UTC)


  • Deborah Paul
    Deborah Paul
  • Matt Yoder
    Matt Yoder

Past day's review. this day, an invitation to present and participate. Forums for participation. Meeting norms.


The latest from TaxonWorks

  • Matt Yoder
    Matt Yoder
  • Dmitry Dmitriev
    Dmitry Dmitriev

Quick highlights and demonstrations and Q/A on the new unified filters, biological associations, catalogs, maps, and more


Symposium - Perspectives on taxon pages

!!- If you have a perspective you want to share, contact us -!! It used to be that everyone wanted their own website with taxon pages, do they still? Just what is a taxon page? Who do they reach and serve? How should they evolve? What impact will AI have on them? How long should the last? What should they look like? What do past efforts tell us? What are the needs of young researchers?

  • Jennifer Hammock, SmithsonianAutomated taxon pages. How crazy is that?
  • José Luis Pereira
    José Luis PereiraIntroducing TaxonPages: An Open-Source Companion for TaxonWorks and Related Software
  • Elycia Wallis, CSIROIn a special session - The Taxon Pages View from the Atlas of Living Australia



Symposium - Close companions: More from the Species File Group

Do more with your biodiversity data with tools and tricks from the Species File Group and their collaborators. Get insights on how the SFG facilitates biodiversity informatics research with their collaborators.

  • Dmitry MozzerhinGlobal Names: Highlighting New Integrations and Existing Functionality.
  • Geoff Ower & Yuri RoskovActionable Data Validation, from TaxonWorks to ChecklistBank
  • Deborah Paul
    Deborah PaulThe Biodiversity Informatics of People in TaxonWorks and Beyond
  • Dmitry Dmitriev
    Dmitry DmitrievSFG's Process of Accessioning Legacy Biodiversity Data into TaxonWorks
  • Geoff Ower
    Geoff OwerWrapping APIs in Ruby, a flurry of new gems from the SFG



3 minutes, 1 slide - II

Your topic, your theme, your work.

  • Brooke Long-Fox
    Brooke Long-FoxMaking TaxonWorks Character Observations FAIR through MorphoBank

Unconference II

Topics selected, proposed and prioritized by you, with a little guidance from the organizers. Parallel sessions possible. A chance for in-depth conversations here.

GlobalNames and OpenRefine
Experience GlobalNames
Using TaxonWorks Docs
Writing TaxonWorks Docs
Unified filters demo
New TaxonPages in 30 minutes or less

Late Nite TaxonWorks: Taxon Pages Perspectives from the Atlas of Living Australia

An unconference-style conversation about Taxon Pages - continuing the discussion we started in an earlier session. We start this session off with a talk from the current chair of Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG), Ely Wallis. She brings us the latest on thinking about the evolution of Taxon Pages from the Atlas of Living Australia. Time for your insights here.



October 26th - Patterns and Connections

Time expressed in your local timezone (UTC)


  • Deborah Paul
    Deborah Paul
  • Matt Yoder
    Matt Yoder

Past day's review. This day. An invitation to present and participate. Forums for participation. Meeting norms.


Symposium - The evolving landscape of biodiversity informatics: bringing actionable practices and tools to practitioners

Targeted topics (TBD): Community-based Geospatial Efforts. RCC-5. Evolving semantics and data modelling. Chronostratigraphy. Ontology integration. API integration. The Extended Specimen.

  • Nicky Nicolson
    Nicky NicolsonWith colleague Eve Lucas, Nicky Nicolson talks about creating communities and research workflows with an extensible notebook for open science on specimens
  • Campbell Webb
    Campbell WebbUsing TaxonWorks to document and align taxonomic concepts in Ephedra. Co-authored with Stefanie Ickert-Bond. Recording taxonomic concepts (the particular meaning of a taxonomic name by an author in a publication), and relationships among taxonomic concepts, offers users of species descriptions more refined information than does standard synonymy. Various software applications have been created to facilitate the management of taxonomic concept data, but none is currently integrated into a comprehensive taxonomic data platform except for TaxonWorks; this capability was added in May 2023 (release 0.33.0). We will demonstrate the process of taxonomic concept mapping, or alignment, in TaxonWorks using preliminary monographic data for the plant genus Ephedra.
  • Arnald Marcer
    Arnald MarcerGeoPick is a new open source online companion tool to the Georeferencing Best Practices (Chapman A.D. and Wieczorek J.R.). It is meant to provide georeferencers with a simple, easy-to-use yet powerful tool which adheres to best georeferencing practices and data standards (i.e., Darwin Core).
  • Nelson Rios
    Nelson RiosUsing GEOLocate & COGE to Facilitate Georeferencing
  • John Wieczorek
    John WieczorekThe BELS Georeference Matcher. "Has someone else already georeferencing this location? I'd really like to reuse it if it is well done." Well, now you can check and assess for yourself using the BELS Georeference Matcher.
  • Susan Edelstein
    Susan EdelsteinKeeping track of when, through deep time. Semantic Mapping of the Geologic Time Scale: A temporal reference - This presentation addresses the procedure of mapping values to a controlled vocabulary through the lens of the ICS Chronostratigraphic Timescale and the importance of consistency when altering a set of data. Beginning with the discussion of the specified application, we will then approach the topic of wide-scale reproduction of this mapping procedure in an attempt to incorporate it in datasets beyond the field of chronostratigraphy by identifying the core rules of mapping to a controlled vocabulary.
  • Tommy McElrath
    Tommy McElrathHow quickly can new accessions generate citations of a collection? Abstract: How can you make sure that the impact of your collection or your specimens are actually measured? New digital infrastructure has made it so that hypothetically, anyone can collect, digitize, and upload a digital specimen to an aggregator for that specimen to be used to answer many different scientific questions. In this talk, I will examine what tools make this possible, but also where this process breaks down, and in doing so, examine what specimens are currently making the most "impact" at the INHS Insect Collection.
  • Amanda Whitmire
    Amanda WhitmireFinding Taxon Names Using Global Names Tools in OpenRefine



Symposium - Voices from TaxonWorks Projects - II

More insects, many more names. Sharing data (and teaching, learning) among a community of users (sources, people, names).

  • Maria Marta Cigliano
    Maria Marta CiglianoPerspectives from the Orthoptera Species File
  • John Heraty
    John HeratyThe UCD New Portal
  • TBDTBD (Taxon 3)

SFG Business Meeting

  • Matt Yoder
    Matt Yoder

The SFG collaborates with a lot of people. A review of expectations and norms, a report on sustainabilty and where we're at. Your chance as a collaborator (or would-be collaborator) to ask the tough questions of the SFG and its resources.




3 minutes, 1 slide - III

  • Deborah Paul
    Deborah Paul

Your topic, your theme, your work.


Making and sharing desktop-based videos

  • Everyone!

A collective exercise in figure out how to record, edit, and share short videos. We don't know how, do you? Think TikTok for TaxonWorks, or your lab's bugs, or your favourite software. Bring your knowledge and lets see what we can get done in a short time.


Unconference III

Topics selected, proposed and prioritized by you, with a little guidance from the organizers. Parallel sessions possible. A chance for in-depth conversations here.

Moving past email
Github tickets
People data
Wrapping APIs

END of TaxonWorks Together 2023


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