TDWG Task Group


Renato De Giovanni <renato@cria.org.br>


This task group will draft, document and maintain the TAPIR (TDWG Access Protocol for Information Retrieval) standard for TDWG.

TAPIR specifies a standardized, stateless, HTTP transmittable, XML-based request and response protocol for accessing structured data that may be stored on any number of distributed databases of varied physical and logical structure. TAPIR combines and extends features of the BioCASe and DiGIR protocols to create a new and more generic means of communication between client applications and data providers using the Internet. The TAPIR task group will ensure the applicability and effectiveness of the protocol through association with the development of reference implementations.

TAPIR was developed for use with biodiversity and natural science collection data but is a generic tool applicable to other domains. This task group will also maintain awareness of the potential for interoperability with other subject domains and the protocols that are used or are under development in those domains, and will consider the benefits or problems of convergence with them. The TAPIR task group will liaise with other TDWG subgroups and allied working groups to ensure compatibility of approach and avoid duplication of effort particularly with related biodiversity standards initiatives.


Approved as a TDWG standard

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TapirBuilder launched


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TAPIR Workshop results


From 12 to 15 February 2007, TDWG promoted an international workshop at GBIF, Copenhagen, to prototype, develop and discuss applications related to the TAPIR protocol.[more]

  Last Modified: 25 January 2010