The Ecological Traitdata Standard (ETS) is a collection of terms for datasets on quantitative and qualitative organism properties (i.e. traits) that describe its performance or function in an ecosystem. It also includes recommendations on how to structure such data for upload in public databases. The ETS provides a low-threshold standard, suitable for storing own trait data locally, or for publishing them on a scientific database or filehosting service.


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Suggested Citation

To refer to this version of the ETS please cite:

Schneider et al. (2017) Ecological Traitdata Standard, v0.5, URL: https://ecologicaltraitdata.github.io/ETS/v0.6/ , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1041733

Please also cite the methods paper for the rationale and general considerations of the standardization of trait data:

Florian D. Schneider, Malte Jochum, Gaetane LeProvost, Andreas Ostrowski, Caterina Penone, Nadja K. Simons (in preparation) Towards an Ecological Trait-data Standard.


The Ecological Traitdata Standard is under continuous open source development, hosted on Github. Please refer to the Github Issues page for discussion and revision of individual terms, and settle the issue here before filing a pull-request that implements an update.