We work with a wide range of people and organizations to advance biodiversity informatics

Community Resources

The SFG provides live instances of various open-source software packages as tools for our collaborators. We ask our collaborators to read and understand our shared expectations in these endeavors.


We have installations of TaxonWorks in production and sandboxes.


The Species File Group hosts instances of TaxonPages in production.

Funding from the Species File Group

Small awards from the SFG that advance biodiversity informatics

Current opportunities

Small grant awardees

  • Thomas McElrath, Matthew Gimmel, and Gareth Powell: World Cucujoidea. In progress.
  • Marcin Kaminski: World Sepidiini. Available at Finished
  • Michele Rossini: World dung beetles of subfamily Bolboceratinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Geotrupidae). In progress.
  • Vinicius S. Ferreira: Lycidae (Coleoptera: Elateroidea) of the World. In progress.

Past opportunities

The SFG has offered support in the past in the following ways:

  • Undergraduate and graduate student stipends
  • Societies, like the Entomological Collections Network
  • Curators, at an hourly rate
  • Taxonomists, particularly those contributing to the Catalogue of Life Curators, at an hourly rate

Catalogue of Life

The SFG supports the Editorship, development and curation of the Catalogue of Life

  • The Species File Group manages the data and pipeline for over 20 dataset. See Data for the complete list.
  • The Editor of the Catalogue of Life, Yuri Roskov, is a SFG Core member
  • Geoff Ower is a SFG Core member, he is its key incoming-data-wrangler and a core contributor to GBIF's new Catalog of Life+ tools and metadata development
  • The SFG has actively funded those seeking to fill gaps in the Catalog of Life. Its early mission was focused on facilitating the growth of the Catalog of Life through the sharing of its tools to others who wished to contribute to this project.


  • Biodiversity Heritage Library
  • HaithiTrust

Natural History Collections

Curating, or delivering data from tools hosted by the SFG

  • INHS Insect Collection, University of Illinois
  • Frost Museum, State College, Pennsylvania
  • North Carolina State Insect Collection, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • New Hampshire Insect Collection, Durham, New Hampshire

Workbench based

Workbenches developed and hosted by the SFG have sparked many collaborations

Species Files

Taxon-centric projects using the original Species Files Software


Projects using the 3i, a precursor to TaxonWorks


A range of projects remain actively curated in mx, another precursor to TaxonWorks


Collaborations with anonymous users, see data


Labs using SFG infrastructure in return guiding us with feedback and direction


Projects once collaborated on by the SFG, no longer maintained but of historical interest

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