A working Standard For collecting and sharing Data is focused on supporting your use of the beeXML standard by:

  • Documenting the standard
  • Documenting our implementation experiences
  • Providing a beeXML Implementation Guide
  • Collaboration with other standards bodies
  • Providing assistance in properly understanding and interpreting the BeeXML standard
  • Supporting all projects in their efforts to exchange of data about bees and beekeepers in a standardized format
  • is not an electronic market place or a software!

The BeeXML standard enables the following benefits:

    • Accurate data
    • Reduced costs for exchanging data between projects and institutions
    • Consistent information throughout the beekeeping sector
    • Interact between project partners in a uniform manner
    • Simplify the process for dealing with multiple sources of data
    • Reduced manual work, resulting in fewer entry errors
    • Real-time exchange of information and greater electronic information availability

    You may also access the BeeXML standard sample on GitHub:

    Frequently Asked Questions

    XML ‐ (Extensible Markup Language) is used to store and transport data.

    Some design principles of XML:

    • Simplicity: ease of usage, interoperability & understanding
    • Modular design: do one thing well
    • Extensible: Ability to easily modify the structure & content
    • Self-descriptive: ease of understanding
      • Machine readable
      • Human readable
      • Embedded descriptive tags

    XML is designed for data availability, sharing, transport. It requires complementary technology to do anything else. i.e. Someone must write a piece of software to send, receive, store, or display it, for example:

    • HTML: Format & presentation of the data
    • Web Service: Transport of the data (e.g. SOAP)
    • Database: Store & integrate with other data sources

    A multidisciplinary group of different stakeholders including researchers, beekeepers, beekeeping associations, beehive digital monitoring producers, authorities, and others. Collaborators are always welcome as the BeeXML standard is a work in process that depends on the participation of data collectors and reviewers.

    The Apimondia Working Group on Bee Data Standardisation is currently overseeing this initiative.

    No, BeeXML is not a product (hardware nor software). It is a working standard for the way we collect and manage data about bees and beekeepers.

    Yes, everyone is welcome. Just contact us to see how we can collaborate. Are you a researcher? You can also submit an abstract to the BeeXML journal.

    Visit this website regularly for updates. Also check our upcoming BeeXML journal issues or contact us.

    Also visit the GitHub BeeXML Repository at

    Series of articles about BeeXML

    BXML Part 1 The Power of BIG Data & Analytics
    Data Sharing Risks And Rewards
    The Promise Of Standardized Data
    BXML Part 2 Achieving The Goal Of Standardized Data
    Data Sharing Risks And Rewards


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