Contributing your data

We are kindly inviting authors and custodians of world species checklists to join the Species 2000 federation of taxonomic databases and publish digital data in the Catalogue of Life. Usually, the candidate databases go through a peer review process by independent reviewers.

You are welcome to express your interest and submit data to the editor of the Catalogue of Life.

 


Standard Dataset

The Catalogue of Life aims to deliver a standard set of data for every known species. These data are assembled from an array of participating taxonomic databases..

Species 2000 has defined fourteen field groups to be the standard set of data (version 7, 23rd September 2014) for each species and infraspecific taxon in the Catalogue of Life.

  Field Requirement
1 Accepted Scientific Name linked to References obligatory
2 Synonym(s) linked to Reference(s) obligatory, where available
3 Common Name(s) linked to Reference(s) obligatory, where available
4 Classification above genus, to the highest taxon in database obligatory, where available
5 Distribution obligatory, where available
6 Life zone obligatory, where available
7 Current and Past Existence obligatory, where available
8 Additional data optional
9 Latest taxonomic scrutiny obligatory
10 References obligatory, where available
11 Taxon Globally Unique Identifier obligatory, where available
12 Name Globally Unique Identifier obligatory, where available
13 Catalogue of Life LSID obligatory
14 Source Database obligatory

 

 

Full text of Standard Dataset documents

Version Date
7.0 Sept 2014
6.3 Aug 2012
6.2 Dec 2011
3.2 Dec 2004
3.0 Oct 2004
2.0 May 2003
1.2 Dec 2002

 

 

Submitting data

Custodians of databases are kindly invited to send their datasets to the CoL executive editor on yroskov [at] illinois.edu. We would prefer to receive data in CoL Data Submission Format structure as CSV, Excel, Access or MySQL files, if it is manageable for you. We also are able to take data in DwC-A. If neither of these formats manageable for you, we’ll do our best to accept data in your original structure.

CoL Data Submission Format (former name "Annual Checklist Exchange Format")

Current format:.

Version 4, 29th September 2014 includes new fields and structured distribution

  1. List of tables and fields
  2. Entity-relationship diagram
  3. File samples: MySQL · MS Access · MS Excel · Delimited text


Version 3, 2011-2013 includes new fields and structured distribution

  1. List of tables and fields
  2. Entity-relationship diagram
  3. File samples: MySQL · MS Access · MS Excel · Delimited text


Version 1, 2008-2010

  1. List of tables and fields
  2. Entity-relationship diagram
  3. File samples: MS Access · MySQL · MS Excel · Delimited text