Darwin Core

Darwin Core is a standard maintained by the Darwin Core maintenance group. It includes a glossary of terms intended to facilitate the sharing of information about biological diversity by providing identifiers, labels, and definitions. Darwin Core is primarily based on taxa, their occurrence in nature as documented by observations, specimens, samples, and related information.

technical specification current standard 2009
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Header section

Title
Darwin Core
Date ratified
2009-10-09
Status
Current standard
Category
Technical specification
Permanent IRI
http://www.tdwg.org/standards/450
Abstract
Darwin Core is a standard maintained by the Darwin Core maintenance group. 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 identifiers, labels, and definitions. Darwin Core is primarily based on taxa, their occurrence in nature as documented by observations, specimens, samples, and related information.
Creator
Darwin Core Task Group, Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG)
Bibliographic citation

Darwin Core Task Group (2009) Darwin Core (Kampmeier G, review manager). Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) http://www.tdwg.org/standards/450

Parts of the standard

The Darwin Core standard is comprised of one vocabulary, the Darwin Core vocabulary (http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/), and five documents:

Maintenance group

Modifications and enhancements to Darwin Core are managed by the Darwin Core Maintenance Group.

The best way to be involved is to create an account on GitHub, and "watch" the Darwin Core GitHub repository, as well as the Darwin Core Questions & Answers repository, and respond to requests for comments or "issues" (Darwin Core issues and Darwin Core QA issues). Information about how to suggest changes to the standard can be found at the Guidelines for Contributing page.

Scope of Darwin Core

What is in scope?

  • Collections of any kind of biological objects or data.
  • Terminology associated with biological collection data.
  • Striving for compatibility with other biodiversity-related standards.
  • Facilitating the addition of components and attributes of biological data.

What is not in scope?

  • Data interchange protocols.
  • Non-biodiversity-related data.
  • Purely taxonomic data.

Audience

  • Biodiversity data holders (organizations, institutions, researchers).
  • Consumers of biodiversity data.
  • Developers of collections management systems.
  • Other TDWG interest and task groups.
  • Protocol developers (TAPIR).
  • Biodiversity network developers.

Contributors

List of contributors

Resources