[Taxacom] Occurrence data and taxon checklist published in Darwin Core Archive format

L Penev lyubo.penev at gmail.com
Thu Feb 17 08:34:01 CST 2011

ZooKeys published a large taxonomic revision (Talamas et al.
where all occurrence data and the taxon checklist have been published both
in text and also as supplementary
Darwin Core Archive format. Such an approach permits occurrence data
be downloaded, indexed, published through the GBIF data portal and others,
used and re-used. The present monograph may serve as a sample to follow. It
also may help in fostering the links between the data creators and scholarly

Darwin Core Archive<http://www.gbif.org/informatics/standards-and-tools/publishing-data/data-standards/darwin-core-archives/>(DwC-A)
is an international biodiversity informatics data standard and the
preferred format for publishing data through the Global Biodiversity
Information Facility (GBIF) network. Each Darwin Core Archive consists of at
least three files: (1) one or more data files keeping all records of the
particular dataset in a tabular format such as a comma-separated or
tab-separated list; (2) the archive descriptor (meta.xml) file describing
the individual data file columns used and mapping them to DwC terms; and (3)
a metadata file describing the entire dataset which GBIF recommends to be
EML (Ecological Metadata Language<http://knb.ecoinformatics.org/software/eml/>)
2.1.1 based. The format is defined in the Darwin Core text
Darwin Core is no longer strictly bound to occurrence data, and together
with Dublin Core (on which its ideas are based), it is used by GBIF and
others to encode data about organism names, taxonomies and species

The Darwin Core Archive dataset of the present paper was simultaneously
published in and is also available through the GBIF's  Integrated Publishing
Toolkit <http://www.gbif.org/informatics/infrastructure/publishing/>
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ZooKeys <http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys>and
PhytoKeys<http://www.pensoft.net/journals/phytokeys>would like to
encourage taxonomists to review this revision and consider
publishing your own data in conjunction with your manuscript.  The journals
provide a ready-made solution for supporting this.

Dr Lyubomir Penev
Managing Director
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1111 Sofia, Bulgaria
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