Darwin Core

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Please note that the Darwin Core terms definitions and examples presented here may be out of date with the normative descriptions. For the latter, please visit http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/.

The Darwin Core (DwC) is a body of standards. It includes a glossary of terms (in other contexts these might be called properties, elements, fields, columns, attributes, or concepts) intended to facilitate the sharing of information about biological diversity by providing reference definitions, examples, and commentaries. The Darwin Core is primarily based on taxa, their occurrence in nature as documented by observations, specimens, and samples, and related information.

Included are documents describing how these terms are managed, how the set of terms can be extended for new purposes, and how the terms can be used. The Simple Darwin Core [SIMPLEDWC] is a specification for one particular way to use the terms - to share data about taxa and their occurrences in a simply structured way - and is probably what is meant if someone suggests to “format your data according to the Darwin Core”.

Contributors: John Wieczorek (MVZ), Markus Döring (GBIF), Renato De Giovanni (CRIA), Tim Robertson (GBIF), Dave Vieglais (KUNHM)

Namespace URI: http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/ with preferred namespace prefix “dwc”.



 




Collections in Darwin Core:

Darwin Core Event  •  Darwin Core FossilSpecimen  •  Darwin Core GeologicalContext  •  Darwin Core HumanObservation  •  Darwin Core Identification  •  Darwin Core LivingSpecimen  •  Darwin Core Location  •  Darwin Core MachineObservation  •  Darwin Core Material Sample  •  Darwin Core Measurement or Fact  •  Darwin Core Occurrence  •  Darwin Core Organism  •  Darwin Core PreservedSpecimen  •  Darwin Core Record-level Terms  •  Darwin Core Resource Relationship  •  Darwin Core Taxon

Concepts in Darwin Core without collection:
By label: Event  •  Geological Context  •  Identification  •  Living Specimen  •  Machine Observation  •  Material Sample  •  Material Sample ID  •  MeasurementOrFact  •  Occurrence  •  Organism  •  Preserved Specimen  •  Resource Relationship  •  Taxon
Concepts in Darwin Core (grouped by collection):

Darwin Core Event

By label: Day  •  End Day Of Year  •  Event Date  •  Event ID  •  Event Remarks  •  Event Time  •  Field Notes  •  Field Number  •  Habitat  •  Month  •  Parent Event ID  •  Sample Size Unit  •  Sample Size Value  •  Sampling Effort  •  Sampling Protocol  •  Start Day of Year  •  Verbatim Date  •  Year
By concept name: dwc:day  •  dwc:endDayOfYear  •  dwc:eventDate  •  dwc:eventID  •  dwc:eventRemarks  •  dwc:eventTime  •  dwc:fieldNotes  •  dwc:fieldNumber  •  dwc:habitat  •  dwc:month  •  dwc:parentEventID  •  dwc:sampleSizeUnit  •  dwc:sampleSizeValue  •  dwc:samplingEffort  •  dwc:samplingProtocol  •  dwc:startDayOfYear  •  dwc:verbatimEventDate  •  dwc:year

Darwin Core FossilSpecimen

By label:
  • No labels found in collection “Darwin Core FossilSpecimen”
By concept name:
  • No concepts found in collection “Darwin Core FossilSpecimen”

Darwin Core GeologicalContext

Darwin Core HumanObservation

By label:
  • No labels found in collection “Darwin Core HumanObservation”
By concept name:
  • No concepts found in collection “Darwin Core HumanObservation”

Darwin Core Identification

Darwin Core LivingSpecimen

By label:
  • No labels found in collection “Darwin Core LivingSpecimen”
By concept name:
  • No concepts found in collection “Darwin Core LivingSpecimen”

Darwin Core Location

Darwin Core MachineObservation

By label:
  • No labels found in collection “Darwin Core MachineObservation”
By concept name:
  • No concepts found in collection “Darwin Core MachineObservation”

Darwin Core Material Sample

By label:
  • No labels found in collection “Darwin Core Material Sample”
By concept name:
  • No concepts found in collection “Darwin Core Material Sample”

Darwin Core Measurement or Fact

Darwin Core Occurrence

Darwin Core Organism

Darwin Core PreservedSpecimen

By label:
  • No labels found in collection “Darwin Core PreservedSpecimen”
By concept name:
  • No concepts found in collection “Darwin Core PreservedSpecimen”

Darwin Core Record-level Terms

By label: Access Rights  •  Basis of Record  •  Bibliographic Citation  •  Collection ID  •  Data Generalizations  •  Dataset ID  •  Dataset Name  •  Dynamic Properties  •  Information Withheld  •  Institution Code  •  Institution ID  •  Language  •  Modified  •  Owner Institution Code  •  References  •  Rights  •  Rights Holder  •  Type

Darwin Core Resource Relationship

Darwin Core Taxon


Darwin Core is published by Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) from the http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/ namespace.

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