A single standard is required for data provided to the VAL Data Explorer (VAL DE):

  • Darwin Core (DwC) —for specimen and observation records provided by museums; and for all data provided by individuals, community groups and citizen science groups.

Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG)

The Vermont Atlas of Life aims to provide users with powerful tools to access well-managed structured data which can be integrated into a wide range of tools and analyses. To make this happen, the VAL DE depends on the existence of common data standards and protocols which ensure that data records are compatible. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing such standards.

Conservation status codes

The VAL DE associates species names with their Conservation Status on species pages if that species has a conservation status under federal or state legislation, or is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List. See VAL DE data sets for a list of the codes used in the VAL DE.


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