Audubon Core Development
The Audubon Core is a set of vocabularies designed to represent metadata for biodiversity multimedia resources and collections. These vocabularies aim to represent information that will help to determine whether a particular resource or collection will be fit for some particular biodiversity science application before acquiring the media. Among others, the vocabularies address such concerns as the management of the media and collections, descriptions of their content, their taxonomic, geographic, and temporal coverage, and the appropriate ways to retrieve, attribute and reproduce them.
Notes: An Audubon Core (AC) record is a description, using the Audubon Core vocabularies, of a multimedia resource. Two kinds of terms are specified by this document: record-level terms and access-level terms. Terms under the Record-level Terms section apply to the whole Audubon Core record regardless of the record type. Almost all terms are record-level terms. One such term, hasServiceAccessPoint plays a special role in helping to retrieve the resource that the record describes. Its value is an identifier of a set of more metadata about services that may provide web or other access to a file containing the media. A multimedia resource may describe more than one such service, each of which is described by values of one or more access-level terms, telling such things as a web address at which the resource from which a digital representation of the resource can be retrieved, the size of such a retrieved object, etc.
This document is not a normative document, but a functional document automatically listing the up-to date (and perhaps with respect to the normative document slightly corrected as well as translated) term definitions. The static, normative versions are linked below.
- Audubon Core
- Audubon Core Term List (the normative version as of 2013, not reflecting the ongoing improvements added since then)
- Audubon Core dynamic term list (the equivalent to the static Audubon Core Term List, but reflecting dynamically all changes that occurred in the individual concept pages)
- Audubon Core FAQ
Contributors: Robert A. Morris, Vijay Barve, Mihail Carausu, Vishwas Chavan, Jose Cuadra, Chris Freeland, Gregor Hagedorn, Patrick Leary, Dimitry Mozzherin, Annette Olson, Greg Riccardi, Ivan Teage
Namespace URI: http://rs.tdwg.org/ac/terms/ with preferred namespace prefix “ac”.