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Quick reference: http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/index.htm#basisOfRecord

The basisOfRecord is meant to express the category of the source of information in a record. It is more specific than the dcterms:type term, which expresses the Dublin Core resource type (PhysicalObject, Event, StillImage, MovingImage, Sound, etc.) of a record. The values listed here are string literal versions of the formal Darwin Core Type Vocabulary (http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/type-vocabulary/index.htm) that can be represented by URIs, which should be used when appropriate, such as in RDF. For example, use

<dwc:basisOfRecord rdf:resource="http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/dwctype/PreservedSpecimen"/>

rather than

<dwc:basisOfRecord>PreservedSpecimen</dwc:basisOfRecord>

(where xmlns:dwc="http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/").

The recommended basisOfRecord controlled vocabulary includes:

Term Definition
Occurrence A resource describing an instance of the Occurrence class.
Event A non-persistent, time-based occurrence. For Darwin Core, a resource describing an instance of the Event class.
Location A resource describing an instance of the Location class.
Taxon A resource describing an instance of the Taxon class.
PreservedSpecimen A resource describing a preserved specimen.
FossilSpecimen A resource describing a fossilized specimen.
LivingSpecimen A resource describing a living specimen.
HumanObservation A resource describing an observation made by one or more people.
MachineObservation A resource describing an observation made by a machine.
MaterialSample A resource describing a material sample.
NomenclaturalChecklist A resource describing a nomenclatural checklist.

See also the Type Vocabulary Terms page for further discussion and elaborated definitions of the Darwin Core Type Vocabulary terms.