01-Mar-2010 04:32 Age: 8 yrs

Multimedia Resources Metadata Schema Submitted for Review

By: Lee Belbin

The GBIF - TDWG Multimedia Resources Metadata Schema (MRTG)has been submitted to the TDWG STandards Track for review.

MRTG is a data standard for exchanging data describing biodiversity multimedia resources and collections. 

The proposed MRTG standard is the culmination of work on multimedia resource descriptions carried out by Key To Nature, the NBII Digital Image Library, MorphBank, and others, together with input from a number of other stakeholder communities including Encyclopedia of Life  (EOL), the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and UMASS-Boston. The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) commissioned the ‘Multimedia Resources Task Group (MRTG)’ in March 2008 and it was approved in December 2009 by Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) as the ‘Joint GBIF-TDWG Task Group on Multimedia Resources in Biodiversity’.

The standard was developed by the Joint GBIF- TDWG Multimedia Resources Task Group to fit with the suite of data standards being developed on behalf of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) by Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG).

Funding has been provided by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

Grateful thanks go to Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory and the Encyclopedia of Life for hosting one of the meetings. This document, including some narrative is adapted from a corresponding document produced by the TDWG Natural Collections Descriptions (NCD) task group.

Authors; José  Caudra, Mihail-Constantin Carausu, Vishwas Chavan, Chris Freeland, Gregor Hagedorn, Patrick Leary, Robert A. Morris, Dimitry Mozzherin, Annette Olson, Greg Riccardi and Eamonn O’ Tuama.


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