[tdwg-content] New term resolution: dcterms:source

John Wieczorek tuco at berkeley.edu
Tue Jul 5 01:04:44 CEST 2011

Darwin Core Issues 96: http://goo.gl/gOkAs

This issue has not been subject to public commentary.

The proposal seeks to add the term source from the Dublin Core
vocabulary to the recommended record-level terms for the Darwin Core.

Open Issues:
Determine if there is demand for this term from more than one
"independent" party.  I consider myself an independent party on behalf
of VertNet, for which this term woud be a more general solution than
the existing Darwin Core term dwc:occurrenceDetails, as it could apply
to records of any Class rather than just for Occurrence.

Determine if there is any objection to include this term as
recommended for use in the Darwin Core.

Determine if there is any objection to deprecating
dwc:occurrenceDetails in favor of dcterms:source.

Here are the descriptions for the two terms for easy comparison:

dwc:occurrenceDetails -
  definition: "A reference (publication, URI) to the most detailed
information available about the Occurrence."
  comment: "Example:
"http://mvzarctos.berkeley.edu/guid/MVZ:Mamm:165861". For discussion
see http://code.google.com/p/darwincore/wiki/Occurrence"

dcterms:source -
  definition: "A related resource from which the described resource is derived."
  comment: "The described resource may be derived from the related
resource in whole or in part. Recommended best practice is to identify
the related resource by means of a string conforming to a formal
identification system."

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