[tdwg-content] Proposed changes to Darwin Core Type term Location

John Wieczorek tuco at berkeley.edu
Mon Sep 30 19:12:53 CEST 2013

Dear all,

There is a proposal to deprecate the Darwin Core Type vocabulary term
(http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/type-vocabulary/index.htm#Location) and
instead recommend the Dublic Core equivalent

Dublin Core has a broader scope than Darwin Core, and the Darwin Core
term was created for reasons that no longer apply.

Specifically, the Darwin Core Location term was created because the
Dublin Core Location term was not a Dublin Core type vocabulary term.
At the time, Darwin Core tried to use a combination of Dublin Core and
Darwin Core types as values for the basisOfRecord field, and wanted
them all to be in type vocabularies. This isn't necessary.

As this is a substantive semantic change (a term deprecation and new
recommendation to take its place), we must follow the Darwin
Core Namespace Policy's Term Change Policy, section 3.3, Semantic
changes in Darwin Core terms, which includes a minimum 30-day public
comment period beginning today.

The issue is further described on the Darwin Core Project issue
tracker at https://code.google.com/p/darwincore/issues/detail?id=173.
The proposal would deprecate the dwctype:Location in favor of a
dcterms:Location with the following definition:

Term Name: Location
Identifier: http://purl.org/dc/terms/Location
Namespace: http://purl.org/dc/terms/
Label: Location
Definition: A spatial region or named place.
Comment: For discussion see
http://code.google.com/p/darwincore/wiki/DwCTypeVocabulary (there will
be no
further documentation here until the term is ratified)
Type of Term: http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#Class
Status: proposed
Date Issued: 2009-01-23
Date Modified: 2013-09-30
Has Domain:
Has Range:
Version: http://dublincore.org/usage/terms/history/#Location-001
Replaces: Location-2009-01-23
ABCD 2.0.6: not in ABCD (someone please confirm or deny this)

If there are any objections this proposed change, please respond to this
message. If there are no objections or if consensus can be reached on
any amendments put forward, the proposal will go before the Executive
Committee for authorization to put these additions into effect after
the public commentary period.



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