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deprecated XDF - A Language for the Definition and Exchange of Biological Data Sets

Abbreviation: XDF

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This record was deprecated on May 26, 2016 for the following reason(s): This standard is listed as 'prior' on the TDWG website (

XDF is a high-level language for describing biological data, with its own syntax and command vocabulary, analogous to the high-level programming languages used to describe software algorithms. Provision is made within XDF for predefined standard definitions of the common core elements of biological data sets such as the taxonomic hierarchy, biological nomenclature, descriptive material and bibliography.


Countries that developed this resource United Kingdom

Created in 1991

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How to cite this record XDF; XDF - A Language for the Definition and Exchange of Biological Data Sets; DOI:; Last edited: Jan. 8, 2019, 1:32 p.m.; Last accessed: Jul 27 2021 1:16 p.m.

Record added: May 26, 2016, 3:17 p.m.
Record updated: May 26, 2016, 3:50 p.m. by The FAIRsharing Team.


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Language for the definition and exchange of biological data sets

R.J. White, R. Allkin
Mathematical and Computer Modelling 1992

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