Natural Collections Description

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Natural Collections Description (NCD) is a data standard for describing collections of natural history materials at the collection level; one NCD record describes one entire collection. NCD is published by Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) from the http://rs.tdwg.org/ontology/voc/Collection namespace. The term descriptions are extracted from the NCD version 0.9 prepared by the TDWG NCD interest group and the TDWG Ontology.

Homepage: http://www.tdwg.org/activities/ncd/

Notes: NCD creates multiple namespaces, not a single one, it thus has not single Preferred namespace prefix/uri.

Creators: Neil Thomson (Natural History Museum - London), Roger Hyam (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh), Constance Rinaldo (Harvard University), Carol Butler (Smithsonian Institution), Doug Holland (Missouri Botanical Gardens), Barbara Mathé (American Museum of Natural History), Günter Waibel (RLG Programs - OCLC), Wouter Addink (ETI Bioinformatics), Ruud Altenburg (ETI), Markus Döring (Berlin Botanic Garden)



 



All Concepts in Natural Collections Description:
By label: Collection Identifier  •  Taxon Coverage
By concept name: ac:taxonCoverage  •  ncd-collection:collectionId

Editorial Note: see also discussion on Preferred Namespaces.


While above an automatic list according to the new skos:Concept template is shown, the list below is a manual link list from the early use of the terms wiki:


Term Categories


Dataset

dcmitype:Dataset || dc:source | dc:creator | vcard:Orgname | dcterms:created | dc:contributor | dcterms:modified | dc:rights | vcard:NOTE

Collection

ncd:Collection | ncd:DerivedCollection || ncd:collectionID | ncd:alternativeID | ncd:isPartOfCollection | ncd:acronymOrCoden | dc:title | dc:alternative | vcard:FN | dc:description | ncd:descriptionForSpecialists | ncd:collectionExtent | ncd:collectionType | ncd:commonNameCoverage | ncd:conservationStatus | ncd:conservationStatusDate | dc:format | dcterms:medium | ncd:developmentStatus | ncd:expeditionNameCoverage | ncd:formationPeriod | ncd:geospatialCoverage | ncd:geospatialCoordinates | ncd:termLevelAccess | ncd:kingdomCoverage | ncd:knownToContainTypes | ncd:livingTimePeriodCoverage | ncd:physicalLocation | ncd:primaryGroupingPrinciple | ncd:primaryPurpose | dc:relation | ncd:relatedCollection | ncd:specimenPreservationMethod | ncd:taxonCoverage | ncd:temporalCoverage | dcterms:accessRights | ncd:usageRestrictions | dcterms:provenance | dc:rights | tdwgCommon:note

Collection Type

ncdType:CollectionTypeTerm || ncdType:archival | ncdType:art | ncdType:audio | ncdType:cellCultures | ncdType:electronic | ncdType:facsimiles | ncdType:fossils | ncdType:genetic | ncdType:geological | ncdType:herbarium | ncdType:living | ncdType:manuscripts | ncdType:mineralogical | ncdType:observations | ncdType:preserved | ncdType:products | ncdType:specimens | ncdType:texts | ncdType:tissue | ncdType:visual

Kingdom Type

ncd:KingdomTypeTerm || ncd:animalia | ncd:archaebacteria | ncd:eubacteria | ncd:fungi | ncd:plantae | ncd:protista |

Primary Grouping Principle Type

ncd:PrimaryGroupingPrincipleTypeTerm || ncd:cultural | ncd:ecosystems | ncd:environmental | ncd:events | ncd:expeditions | ncd:historical | ncd:national | ncd:relationships | ncd:repository | ncd:spatial | ncd:stage | ncd:taxonomic | ncd:temporal

Primary Purpose Type

ncd:PrimaryPurposeTypeTerm || ncd:commercial | ncd:education | ncd:exhibition | ncd:monitoring | ncd:ornamental | ncd:personal | ncd:research | ncd:voucher

Specimen Preservation Method Type

ncd:SpecimenPreservationMethodType || ncd:controlledAtmosphere | ncd:cryopreserved | ncd:dried | ncd:driedAndPreserved | ncd:embedded | ncd:fluidPreserved | ncd:freezeDried | ncd:frozen | ncd:glycerin | ncd:noTreatment | ncd:notApplicable | ncd:pinned | ncd:recordedAnalog | ncd:recordedDigital | ncd:refrigerated | ncd:semstub | ncd:skeletonized | ncd:slideMount | ncd:statsis | ncd:surfaceCoating | ncd:tanned

Development Status Type

ncd:DevelopmentStatusTypeTerm || ncd:activeGrowth | ncd:closed | ncd:consumable | ncd:decreasing | ncd:lost | ncd:missing | ncd:passiveGrowth | ncd:static |

Conservation Status Type

ncd:ConservationStatusTypeTerm || ncd:mcginley1 | ncd:mcginley2 | ncd:mcginley3 | ncd:mcginley4 | ncd:mcginley5 | ncd:mcginley6 | ncd:mcginley7 | ncd:mcginley8 | ncd:mcginley9 | ncd:mcginley10 |

Institution

tdwgInstitution:Institution || tdwgInstitution:institutionId | vcard:Orgname | dcterms:alternative | vcard:Orgunit | dc:description | tdwgInstitution:alternativeId | tdwgInstitution:hasContact | tdwgInstitution:institutionType | tdwgInstitution:isPartOfInstitution

Institution Type

tdwgInstitutionType:InstitutionTypeTerm || tdwgInstitutionType:aquarium | tdwgInstitutionType:archive | tdwgInstitutionType:botanicGarden | tdwgInstitutionType:conservation | tdwgInstitutionType:fieldStation | tdwgInstitutionType:government | tdwgInstitutionType:historicalSociety | tdwgInstitutionType:horticulturalInstitution | tdwgInstitutionType:industry | tdwgInstitutionType:laboratory | tdwgInstitutionType:library | tdwgInstitutionType:management | tdwgInstitutionType:museum | tdwgInstitutionType:natureEducationCenter | tdwgInstitutionType:nonUniversityCollege | tdwgInstitutionType:park | tdwgInstitutionType:repository | tdwgInstitutionType:researchInstitute | tdwgInstitutionType:school | tdwgInstitutionType:scienceCenter | tdwgInstitutionType:society | tdwgInstitutionType:university | tdwgInstitutionType:zoo

Contact details

tdwgContactDetails:ContactDetails || vcard:FN | vcard:Family | vcard:Given | vcard:Other | vcard:Prefix | vcard:Suffix | vcard:TITLE | vcard:ROLE | vcard:Orgname | vcard:Orgunit | vcard:Pobox | vcard:Extadd | vcard:Street | vcard:Locality | vcard:Region | vcard:Pcode | vcard:Country | vcard:TEL | vcard:fax | vcard:Email | foaf:homepage | vcard:LOGO | vcard:NOTE |



Contributors

Neil Thomson (Natural History Museum, London), Roger Hyam (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh), Constance Rinaldo (Harvard University), Carol Butler (Smithsonian Institution), Doug Holland (Missouri Botanical Gardens), Barbara Mathé (American Museum of Natural History), Günter Waibel (RLG Programs, OCLC), Wouter Addink (ETI Bioinformatics), Ruud Altenburg (ETI), Markus Döring (Berlin Botanic Garden).


References

  • Fegraus EH, Andelman S, Jones MB, and Schildhauer M (2005). Maximizing the Value of Ecological Data with Structured Metadata: An Introduction to Ecological Metadata Language (EML) and Principles for Metadata Creation. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 86(3): 158-168, DOI: 10.1890/0012-9623(2005)86[158:MTVOED]2.0.CO;2
  • Michener, WK, Brunt JW, Helly JJ, Kirchner TB, and Stafford S (1997). Nongeospatial metadata for the ecological sciences. Ecological applications 7(1): 330-342.
  • TDWG NCD Interest Group (2009). Natural Collections Description (NCD) v0.9 2008. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). Available at http://www.tdwg.org/standards/312/, verified 7 June 2012.
  • Thomson N, Hyam R, Rinaldo C, Butler C, Holland D, Mathé B, Waibel G, Addink W, Altenburg R, Döring M (2009). Natural Collections Description (NCD). A data standard for exchanging data describing natural history collections. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). Available at http://www.tdwg.org/standards/312/, verified 7 June 2012.

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