[tdwg-content] minor issues with DWCA Validator

Markus Döring mdoering at gbif.org
Wed Jan 11 09:11:49 CET 2017

Hi Matt,

thanks for spotting these issues. The validator is a GBIF effort and not part of the TDWG standard. We are working on a fully rewritten dwc archive validator that has a lot more potential. We hope to get it released by the end of february, but this might get postponed still. We will therefore probably leave the current validator as it is and focus on this new piece of code: https://github.com/gbif/gbif-data-validator

If you still have problems interpreting the current validators result please let me know the static html link of your result (at the top of the page) and I can take a look.

Best wishes,

On 10 Jan 2017, at 23:06, Matt Yoder <diapriid at gmail.com<mailto:diapriid at gmail.com>> wrote:


4) Was my issue (well, they all are really), I was using ' <field
index="0" term="id"/>
' instead of '<id index="0"/>'


On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 1:53 PM, Matt Yoder <diapriid at gmail.com<mailto:diapriid at gmail.com>> wrote:
Hi there,

As we implement a DWCA generator I've stumbled on a number of minor
bits in reference to http://tools.gbif.org/dwca-validator/.  I
understand how to get around these things, but resolving them might
lower the barrier to entry for others.

When I validate a DWCA

1)   then I see a link 'Dublin Core'
       that link is broken

2)   and I have no metadata file
        then the instructions under Metadata as to what to do to
resolve the problem (i.e. do next) are essentially unusable for the
non-technically oriented

3)   and I read this: "All null values are empty strings." in green
  and I get this immediately after "Error scanning records:
      then I am confused
           I would be less confused with a literal example of the issue

4) and I have an id column in [0],
        and that id column is mapped to nothing
        then I see under Darwin Core Occurrence 'Core Record ID
mapped to nothing'
           and I think 'OK'
         then at the bottom of that list I see 'Unknown term
http://purl.org/dc/terms/identifier mapped to column 0'
            and I am confused as to this (auto-mapping?) that has a
namespace (http://purl.org/dc/terms/), and a term (identifier), both
of which I have not referenced
              and I don't know what todo

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