By facilitating information access and exchange, the IABIN PTN will support successful monitoring and management of pollinator populations throughout the western hemisphere.


Each year, the IABIN PTN develops an Annual Work Plan that outlines a schedule and tasks to be performed by consortium and network members over a twelve month period. Are there more to upload?
2007 Annual Work Plan Portable Document Format (PDF)
2006 Annual Work Plan Portable Document Format (PDF)
Tool Manuals
In addition to developing tools for digitizing (Biodiversity Data Digitizer) and publishing (Pollinator Data Portal) pollinator and plant-pollinator interaction data online; and for publishing and coordinating information about pollinator and pollination experts in the Western Hemisphere (Pollinator and Pollination Contacts Database), the IABIN PTN has prepared bilingual user manuals that accompany and are integrated with these tools.
Click on the links below to download an English or Spanish or Portuguese language PDF of each manual.
Biodiversity Data Digitizer Manual
English / Inglés (PDF)
Spanish / Español (PDF)
Pollinator Data Portal Manual
English / Inglés (PDF)
Pollinator and Pollination Contacts Database Manual
English / Inglés (PDF)
Spanish / Español (PDF)


Standards & Protocols

The IABIN PTN's goal is to develop a network of linked and integrated databases among major data sources and IABIN members that share critical content through a common set of data standards and exchange protocols. This will involve careful integration of the IABIN metadata standards and protocols and others that may specifically apply to the management of and metadata for pollinator information.

What is metadata and what are metadata standards?

Metadata Standards:

Access to Biological Collections Databases (ABCD)
The Access to Biological Collections Data (ABCD) Schema is the product of a joint TDWG and CODATA initiative to develop a standard for distributed data retrieval from specimen collection databases. The schema supports data exchange for all kingdoms, and for both specimen and observation records (also known as primary biodiversity data). Read more...
Darwin Core
The Darwin Core (DwC) is a metadata profile describing the minimum set of standards for search and retrieval of natural history collections and observation databases. It includes only the core data elements that are likely to be available for the vast majority of specimen and observation records. Read more...
Dublin Core
Dublin Core is a standard which defines a basic set of metadata elements which may be used to describe digital resources. IABIN thematic networks will use this standard to create bibliographic metadata for digital resources including publications, projects, and images. Read more...
Plinian Core
The Plinian Core metadata standard is currently under development. It will define a minimum set of standards for search and retrieval of species or observation data. Read more...
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Biological Collection Access Service for Europe (BioCASE)
The BioCASe protocol is derived from the DiGIR protocol (see below) and supports web-based searches for XML data. It has been used in particular for data exchange using the ABCD schema (see above). Read more...
Distributed Generic Information Retrieval (DiGIR)
DiGIR (Distributed Generic Information) is an XML-base which have been mapped to a common conceptual schema. Its original development was based on ideas derived from the z39.50 protocol. It is in use in a number of networks for sharing taxon occurrence data, particularly using DarwinCore metadata format as the conceptual schema. Read more...
eXtensible Markup Language (XML)
XML is a platform independent language for exchanging and validating data between heterogeneous systems. It provides good support for multilingual data exchange and is well-supported by freely-available cross-platform tools in a wide variety of programming languages. Direct support for XML is appearing steadily in database management software and other key tools. Read more...
TDWG Access Protocol for Information Retrieval (TAPIR)
The TAPIR protocol has been developed by TDWG to integrate the most successful features of the DiGIR and BioCASe protocols. Read more...


DwC Extensions

DarwinCore Extensions For Pollinator Data Exchange

The IABIN Pollinators Thematic Network, (P2, ITIS, NBII, USP and other partners) is working with CRIA, GBIF and FAO on development of three schemas for pollinator data exchange. Each schema is an extension to the DarwinCore schema. These schema projects are each described in detail on the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) wiki web site. If you would like to participate in the development of these schemas or find out more about them, please visit their respective wiki web sites.
[Species] Interaction Extension
The Interaction Extension is being designed for data that describes interactions between organisms in a broad sense (it is not restricted to pollinators).
Pollination Extension
The Pollination Extension is an extension of the [Species] Interaction Extension Schema, but with a more specific focus on data that describes pollinator interactions.
Environment Measurements Extension
The Environment Measurements focuses on other data, such as field measurements, that can be important for describing pollinators in some cases.