[tdwg-content] InstitutionCode Issue - ownership vs. custodianship

John van Breda john.vanbreda at biodiverseit.co.uk
Fri Jul 31 10:01:16 CEST 2009

Sorry if this is a bit of a noob question and this has been covered
elsewhere as this is my first step into the foray at tdwg. Why is this only
being split into separate ownership and custodianship terms? It strikes me
that a collection (or specimen for that matter) may have multiple related
institutions so if we allow multiple institution codes but tag each with a
relationship type then it is more flexible. For example we could have a
"current custodian" as well as a "usual custodian" for something that is not
in its normal place. I also wonder whether by describing this as Institution
rather than an Agent this limits the type of entity that can be tagged - a
custodian or owner might be a private collector.


John van Breda

Biodiverse IT

+44 20 3239 5810


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