TDWG 2022—A Hybrid Conference

Stronger Together: Standards for linking biodiversity data

17–21 October 2022

Be there in person, or join the conference online!



Call for organized sessions

The Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) annual conference in 2022 will be a hybrid meeting, hosted in Sofia, Bulgaria by:

Essential early information has been posted on the conference website and more will be added as it becomes available.

Submit your proposal for an organized session at TDWG 2022 reflecting the conference theme, “Stronger Together: Standards for linking biodiversity data.” Organized sessions can take the form of a symposium, panel discussion, or another format in which the primary purpose is to convey information and engage the audience. 

Submission (hard) deadline: 15 April 2022

FDO Forum Contest  ‘Name That Space’

FDO Forum Contest ‘Name That Space’

FDO Forum Contest ‘Name That Space’

Published on March 16, 2022

At our recent January 2022 High Level Panel of Future Data Space (an expert exchange exploring a vision of key scientific, technical and policy pillars of a future global data space), we referred to that space, for lack of a better agreed-upon term, as the global integrated data space (GIDS). However, GIDS does not necessarily have the cachet of FAIR nor does it fare particularly well when discussing PIDs in the GIDS.

We are therefore holding a contest to find a suitable name for a term as convincing and memorable as ‘Internet’, ‘Web’, and ‘FAIR’, each of which were widely agreed upon across sectors and disciplines and which could easily be related to the major concepts and visions they were representing. The future global domain of integrated digital objects can be further characterized by: FAIR, maximally open, stable, persistent, and supporting automatic processing. We are inviting the FDO community and its collaborative partners to help us name this space by making suggestions. 

The FDO Forum will evaluate the suitability of the submissions and invite the FDO community to discuss a shortlist. The proposer submitting the winning suggestion will receive a FREE TICKET to the upcoming First Annual International FDO Forum Conference in Leiden, 26-28 October (URL to come). There is no guarantee that the chosen term will become widely accepted, but the FDO Forum will do its best to disseminate the term and share it with its collaborative partners.

You may submit as many suggestions (in English) as your creativity allows by submitting the form below. Submissions must be received by the end of the day on 30 April.


Image by  Alexas Fotos by Pixabay

Suggestions Received

Suggestion 1AcronymSuggestion 2AcronymCommentsRecNo
2022-03-16 12:30:59PeterWittenburgpeter.wittenburg@mpcdf.mpg.deGlobal Integrated Data SpaceGIDSGlobal Integrated Data domainGIDD, GID2not satisfying since not a catch term and since the term space is already used by others with specific connotationsAccepted5232394594128780040001WAARtina
2022-03-16 18:46:56IDSAssociationinfo@internationaldataspaces.orgInternational Data SpaceIDSsuggested by a large industrial consortium associated with some restrictions; global might be better than international, as international sounds like limited to certain countries, global for sure integrates everybody in the world.Accepted5232620164121550247002WAARtina
2022-03-17 07:10:42GeorgeStrawngostrawn@gmail.comFAIR Data IntegrateFDIIt includes the term FAIR which is important.Accepted5233066414226348556003WAARtina
2022-03-18 10:47:35KarstenPeters-von Gehlenpeters@dkrz.deData UnlimitedDUenvisions the possibilitiesAccepted5234060554128257599004WAARtina
2022-03-18 10:50:09BobHanischrobert.hanisch@nist.govInternational, Interoperable, Integrated DataI3Dthree-dimensions of the data space, both I-3 and 3-D. I'd probably write the 3 as a superscript. Maybe not. global might be better than international, as international sounds like it's limited to certain countries, global for sure integrates everybody in the world.Accepted5234062094124452109005WAARtina
2022-03-18 10:52:55IvonneAndersanders@dkrz.deGlobal Integrated Data StructureGIDSUnited Global Integrated Data SpacesUGIDSbased on proposer #1.Accepted5234063754125633128006WAARtina
2022-03-18 11:04:52IvonneAndersanders@dkrz.deGlobal Data SystemGDSAccepted5234070924123571554007WAARtina
2022-03-18 11:10:36ChristopheBlanchicblanchi@dona.netInteroperable Data FabricIDFData Fabric is a term used to reference distributed/cloud IT architectures. It is neutral as to its context and extent and focuses on interoperability as its core tenet.Accepted5234074364126202173008WAARtina
2022-03-18 11:19:13GeorgeStrawngostrawn@gmail.comFAIR Digital IntegrateFAIR.DI, FDIThe term FAIR should be in the name.Accepted5234079534124802168009WAARtina
2022-03-18 11:22:37GeorgeStrawngostrawn@gmail.comFAIR Digital InteroperateFDIOSI was the internet competitor in the 80-90s. O was for open, S was for systems, and I was for interconnect. Now we know that fair is better than just open, and we’re talking about data not systems. And our goal is still to interconnect—fair data, not open systems. Moreover, this name contains F for fair, the most popular acronym of all time.Accepted5234081574129218223010WAARtina
2022-03-18 14:20:35MaggieHellströ Digital Object space (that is fully) FAIRInDOsFAIRFAIR digital object DomainFAIRdomInterweb of FAIR Digital ObjectsInterFAIRI've tried to come up with acronyms that are easy to pronounce, regardless of the native language of the speaker. I think that quality may be more important than the acronym closely representing a specific phrase - this explanation or meaning can always be explained in an accompanying sentence.Accepted5234188357997127296011WAARtina
2022-03-18 17:29:21StuartChalkschalk@unf.eduglobally organized online data spaceGOOD SpaceWe can say we are in a "GOOD space" with our data... At a stretch you could also say we are dealing in FAIR GOODs...Accepted5234301618217249581012WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:28:57PeterWittenburgpeter.wittenburg@mpcdf.mpg.deFAIR Digital Object DomainFAIR.DODBased on Record 9Accepted5235633374121587538013WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:31:02PeterWittenburgPeter.Wittenburg@mpcdf.mpg.deFAIR Digital Object SpaceFAIR.DOSBased on Record 9. Commenter 1 argues why not FDOS instead as acronym; Commenter 2 says, there is a nice progression: Internet --> Web --> SpaceAccepted5235634624129896602014WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:33:24PeterWittenburgpeter.wittenburg@mpcdf.mpg.deFAIR DataverseFDVThe term dataverse is already being occupied by a db company, verse is currently a hype termAccepted5235636044128464244015WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:36:11ErikSchulteserik.schultes@go-fair.orgWeb of FAIR Data and ServicesWFDSis the next layer of the internet, above WWW (so Internet-->WWW-->WFDS); is there a preference for "network" versus "web"?Accepted5235637704123077372017WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:37:24ErikSchulteserik.schultes@go-fair.orgWorld Wide FAIR WebWWFWWorld Wide Web of FAIR Digital ObjectsWWWFDOAccepted5235638444121117457018WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:39:52ErikSchulteserik.schultes@go-fair.orgFAIR WebFWFAIR Digital Object WebFDOWAccepted5235639924121487096019WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:45:54ErikSchulteserik.schultes@go-fair.orgWeb of FAIR Digital ObjectsWFDOInternet for Machines / Internet of MachinesIMIM: stress the automated, machine-actionable elementsAccepted5235643544126627492020WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:48:42ErikSchulteserik.schultes@go-fair.orgWeb for Machines / Web of MachinesWMWorld Wide Web for Machines / World Wide Web of MachinesWWWMstress the automated, machine-actionable elementsAccepted5235645224124345491021WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:52:41MerretBuurmanbuurman@dkrz.deData Conversation CircleDCC, DConfdos in conversationFC or FDOCLess descriptive, less serious (and less on-point). But sounds a bit as if it was conversation *about* data, while it's meant to mean a conversation *between* data [objects]...Accepted5235647614124126836022WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:54:07MerretBuurmanbuurman@dkrz.dechattering data, chattering objects, (chattering FDOs?), ((data gossip ???)CD ChatDEven less descriptive 🙂Accepted5235648474128586880023WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:56:08YannLe Francylefranc@esciencefactory.comDatanetDatanetWeb of DataWoDDatanet: Data Network (should include data and data related services)Accepted5235649684127059563024WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:58:06KlaasWierengaKlaas.wierenga@geant.orgGlobal Repository of Integrated DataGRIDI think Grid is long enough dead to recycle 😉Accepted5235650864129098146025WAARtina
2022-03-20 07:00:16FidanLimanif.limani@zbw.euUniversal FAIR ResourcesU FAIRThe term mimicks that of the URI/URL, and it stresses the fact that these are self-contained, universally addressable (Digital Object) resources.Accepted5235652164127306874026WAARtina
2022-03-20 07:01:42FidanLimanif.limani@zbw.euThe Universal FAIR DomainU FAIR Domain?Similar to the previous version, but this time considering the "domain" aspectAccepted5235653024121612867027WAARtina
2022-03-20 07:03:22RobQuickfquick@iu.eduWeb of Interoperable Digital ObjectsWIDOAccepted5235654024124980147028WAARtina
2022-03-20 07:26:30MaggieHellströ of FAIR Digital ObjectsInterFAIRsee comment Rec# 11Accepted5235667904124717081029WAARtina
2022-03-21 09:17:52jcburgelmanjean-claude.burgelman@vub.beIDwebinernational data webit needs to be international its about data (and ideas ) it remains a webAccepted5236598717815247984030WAARtina
2022-03-21 15:12:24KoenraadDe Smedtdesmedt@uib.noInterdataThe InterdataFAIR Digital Object TrustThe TrustNo acronyms, but short and colloquial formsAccepted5236811442285530217031WAARtina
2022-03-23 15:14:15MaggieHellströ universal FAIR digital object spaceUniFAIRseA term that encompasses everything that is needed to manage, store and process FAIR digital objects 🙂Accepted5238540559318282451032WAARtina
2022-04-21 13:58:40UlrichSchwardmannuschwar1@gwdg.deFAIR Data GridFDGFAIR Digital Object GridFDOGThe term GRID was mainly used for techniques to overcome institutional silos some years ago. It focused mainly on computation and service access. But the idea to overcome silos also perhaps even more valid for data. FDOs represent both: FAIRness and a universal and generic approach to access data. They provide a FAIR Data Grid.Accepted5263515125854967241033WAARtina
2022-05-12 23:46:54KathrynKnightknight.kathryn@gmail.comBuilding an Integrated Network of Global ObjectsBINGOAccepted5282012145116637066034WAARtina
2022-05-12 23:48:18KathrynKnightknight.kathryn@gmail.comGlobal Objects, Open DataGOODAccepted5282012985112834679035WAARtina
2022-05-19 17:47:42Bonnie cCarrollbcarrolltn@gmail.comWorld BrainWorld BrainThis is a term that was used before its time but maybe the time is right today. Need to see if there may be a trademark. This gets to the connection of all FDOs like neurological connections and becomes the basis of a knowledge brain.HG Wells used the term in a book:

Enter the Contest

FDO Forum & DIN sign MoU

FDO Forum & DIN sign MoU

Shaping the Global Integrated Data Space

The Fair Digital Objects Forum (FDO Forum) and the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) have signed a collaboration agreement to foster the shaping of the emerging Global Integrated Data Space (GIDS) which will enable the building of a stable and manageable data space opening the way to urgently needed data sharing and trading while respecting data ownership and access privileges.

Collaboration Goals

The collaboration is intended to strengthen the existing friendly relationship and cooperation between the two Parties: (1) desiring to promote mutual interest through cooperation in the field of standardization and related areas on the basis of equality and mutual benefits, (2) aiming to establish a more firm and continuous dialogue platform by means of sharing knowledge and good practices, by exchanging approaches to standardization strategies and discussing global standardization issues, and (3) considering their common interest to promote and foster cooperation in the spirit of equality and mutual benefit on a voluntary basis and without legal binding. 

Collaboration Implementation

This collaboration will include the following key areas of collaboration:

  • By liaising with DIN, FDOF will provide access to the platform and its members to promote an effective cooperation among all partners and relevant stakeholders in terms of developing and setting standards;
  • Taking advantage of this potential, DIN intends to identify and where applicable agree on technology areas, fields, or items for reciprocal standards cooperation;
  • Organization of joint seminars and symposia;
  • Sharing of expertise on the training and further education of specialists in standardization;
  • Establishing and where applicable agreeing on joint research/study in order to contribute to international standardization such as ISO, IEC, and other standards development activities;
  • Deliverables of this liaison should be concrete recommendations and the outline of standardization needs in the various areas of FAIR Digital Objects
  • By cooperation with FDOF DIN intends to realize identified recommendations and initiate standardization activities in Europe and throughout the world;
  • In turn, partnering with DIN will provide FDOF the opportunity to contribute to standards work with global validity;

Our agreement in the News

High Level Panel on Future Data Space

High Level Panel on Future Data Space

High Level Panel on Future Data Space

How a vision of the internet of FAIR data becomes a reality.

For this panel, we will ask the panelists to present their ideas about essential aspects of the future data space. Then we will ask some well-known experts of different backgrounds to comment on these ideas and give the panelists the chance to respond. Finally, we will open the floor to the audience to raise questions, present views and give comments.


Wednesday 19 January 2022

13.00 - 17.00 UTC

Purpose of the event

Large sums of money, and equally great ambitions, are already being directed towards developing data/research infrastructures, for science and for industry, and there is no doubt that much additional awareness, new insights and new types of services and tools will emerge. Despite these huge investments there is no agreed view on how the future data space should be organized, what its key pillars should be and how access to data will be managed and facilitated. EOSC for example is based on the FAIR principles and a distributed service landscape, with further specifications currently being derived by expert Task Forces. Similar to the ESFRI process, NFDI relies on a process of discipline-driven infrastructure building, while recognizing that this leaves a gap to be bridged with respect to common services and standards. NIH Commons a conceptual framework for a digital environment was designed to allow efficient storage, manipulation, and sharing of research objects. Meanwhile, big industry is defining strategies for offering services on data based on proprietary binding mechanisms, seriously hampering innovation.

This panel will initiate a discussion across initiatives about major organizational principles and key pillars, and is intended as the first of a series of meetings on this topic. Its goal, therefore, is to identify major aspects that need to be considered when examining the emerging future global data space. For this purpose, we invited four “thinkers” whom we know dare to look ahead without being bound by current projects and political considerations.


Since 2019 Paolo Budroni has been a senior researcher at TU Wien and Head of the EOSC and International Liaison Office ( TU Wien Library). His other positions include Chair of the e-Infrastructures Reflection Group, Coordinator of the Austrian EOSC Mandated Organisation, and member of permanent staff of the University of Vienna (since 1991). Budroni holds a PhD in Philosophy, Art History, and Romance Philology (University of Vienna, 1986).
Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, and Professor of Sociology of Culture and Communication at the University of Bologna. His areas of expertise include digital ethics, the ethics of AI, the philosophy of information and the philosophy of technology, topics on which he is an internationally renowned authority and has published more than 300 works. He is deeply engaged with emerging policy initiatives on the socio-ethical value and implications of digital technologies and their applications, and collaborates closely on these topics with many governments and companies worldwide.
Luciano Floridi
Beth Plale Panelist
Plale is the McRobbie Professor of Computer Engineering in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University, and serves at the University as Executive Director of the Pervasive Technology Institute and Director of the Data To Insight Center. Plale’s research interests are in AI knowledge representation, safe and trustworthy AI, data management, data provenance, and cloud computing. Plale served at the US National Science Foundation (2017-2021) in a policy position in open science, and is one of the founding members of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) where she served as inaugural chair of the RDA Technical Advisory Board.
Jürgen Renn is a German historian of science, and Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin since 1994. He is honorary professor for History of Science at both the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Freie Universität Berlin. In addition, he has taught at Boston University, at the ETH in Zurich and at the University of Tel Aviv.  Among his most recent publications is The Evolution of Knowledge: Rethinking Science for the Anthropocene (2020, Princeton University Press).
Jürgen Renn Panelist


Jean-Claude Burgelman Commenter
Jean-Claude Burgelman is professor of Open Science at the Free University of Brussels. He retired on 1-3-2020 from the European Commission as Open Access Envoy and head of unit Open Science at DG RTD. Since 2014, he and his team developed the EC’s polices on open science, the science cloud, open data and access. He joined the European Commission in 1999 as a Visiting Scientist in the Joint Research Centre (the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies – IPTS), where he became Head of the Information Society Unit. In January 2008, he moved to the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (attached to the EC president) as adviser for innovation policy.
Debora Drucker is a research data management specialist at Embrapa Digital Agriculture, one of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation Research Centers. She is one of the co-chairs of the Research Data Alliance IGAD Community of Practice (Improving Global Agricultural Data) and Professionalizing Data Stewardship Interest Group and an expert at the Data and Knowledge Task Force of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She holds a degree in Forestry from University of São Paulo, Master in Ecology at the National Institute for Amazonian Research and Phd in Environment and Society from University of Campinas.
Debora Drucker Commenter
Sabina Leonelli Commenter
Sabina Leonelli serves as the Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (Egenis), where she leads the Data Studies research strand; theme lead for the “Data Governance, Openness and Ethics” strand of the Exeter Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI); and Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute in London. She is also Editor-in-Chief of the international journal History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, together with Professor Giovanni Boniolo, and Associate Editor for the Harvard Data Science Review.
Sarah M. Nusser is professor emerita of statistics at Iowa State University and research professor at the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute. She previously served as vice president for research at Iowa State University and director of ISU’s Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology. Nusser is actively involved in US efforts to promote open science, transparency, and public access to research data. She serves as chair of the US National Academies Board on Research Data and Information, is senior fellow with the Association of American Universities on its Accelerating Public Access to Research Data initiative.
  • “Data Science” introduced as a 4th dimension, will increasingly dominate. What kind of risks and dangers are inherent in the approach, what kind of mechanisms need to be implemented to counter the risks, and how do we democratize access to data and advanced tools?
  • Is the assumption correct that the data space we are imagining is definitively a global one?
  • What kind of agreements will be necessary to enable a phase of cross-border (countries, organizations, companies) use which incorporates as a central concept the sustainability of life and which respects rights on resources and investments?
  • Is this transitional phase we are experiencing historically unique, or can we learn from history? If so, in what way can we draw conclusions about how the future data space should look like?
  • Who will be the owner of the Global Data Space and which authority decides on the rights and obligations of citizens with respect to the use of the Global data Space?

Reading Material

Here are a few references and pointers to reading material.
L. Floridi: 4th Revolution: How the Infosphere Is Reshaping Human Reality. Oxford University Press
L. Floridi: The Philosophy of Information. Oxford University Press
J. Renn: The Evolution of Knowledge: Rethinking Science for the Anthropocene. Princeton University

Panel Outcomes
View on key pillars of future data spaceCommenterCommenter presentationResponseVideo
INTRODUCTIONPeter WittenburgPresentationVideo
GENERALLuciano FloridiSabina LeonelliVideo
SCIENCEJürgen RennPresentationDebora DruckerVideo
TECHNICALBeth PlaleSarah NusserVideo
POLICYPaolo BudroniPresentationJean Claude BurgelmanVideo
CONCLUSIONGeorge StrawnVideo