[tdwg-content] New Darwin Core terms proposed relating to material samples

Robert Guralnick Robert.Guralnick at colorado.edu
Sun May 26 10:05:29 CEST 2013

I agree with John and Gregor.  The term "individual" doesn't quite seem to
capture the concept or usage.  However, I think there is more general
agreement that there is a pressing need - and immediate value - for a term
to represent "material sample" and derivaties.  It seems that the proposal
on the table serves that need with the right definition, that is explicit,
and that provides necessary linkages to other related domains.

Best, Rob

On Sun, May 26, 2013 at 1:47 AM, Gregor Hagedorn <g.m.hagedorn at gmail.com>wrote:

> > Basically, we’ve been running with the idea of an “Individual” class – as
> > originally proposed by Steve and discussed at some length on this list a
> > while ago.  This has been documented for DSW:
> >
> > https://code.google.com/p/darwin-sw/wiki/ClassIndividual
> > We define an “Individual” as the physical “something” that underpins an
> > Occurrence.  In the case of organisms, this can be a group (herd, school,
> > flock, etc.), specimen (either a single specimen, or a lot of multiple
> > specimens), or any sort of derivative of a specimen (part, tissue sample,
> > dna extraction, etc.).  It corresponds to the intended meaning of
> I disagree with using "Individual" for sets of objects. It is
> surprising, and lacking any clear definition when to stop, that means
> a taxon is an individual, a collection is an individual, etc.
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