[tdwg-content] New terms need resolution: geo:lat and geo:long

John Wieczorek tuco at berkeley.edu
Tue Jul 5 00:24:49 CEST 2011

Darwin Core Issues 82: http://goo.gl/XhxM

This issue arose in discussions on the tdwg-tag list
(http://lists.tdwg.org/pipermail/tdwg-tag/2010-August/000050.html) to
which not everyone here has access. The issue tracker entry (URL
above) summarizes the proposed solution to the problem, which is to
re-use the W3C standard geographic coordinate terms geo:lat and
geo:long from the namespace "http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/wgs84_pos#.
These terms would be added as recommended terms organized within the
Location class. They would not replace the existing terms
dwc:decimalLatitude and dwc:decimalLongitude, which are not the same
except under one special circumstance - that the dwc:geodeticDatum is
WGS84 (or equivalent). Since this is not always the case, the existing
Darwin Core terms cannot be omitted.

Open Issues:

Determine if there is any objection to include these two terms as
recommended terms to use in the Darwin Core.

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