[tdwg-content] Tags to describe descriptions, keywords and frequency?

Peter Desmet peter.desmet.work at gmail.com
Mon Jan 23 11:53:36 CET 2017

Hi Antonio,

Cool that you're trying to express this in Darwin Core!

1. There is no description element in DwC, but GBIF has developed a
description extension that may be of use. The description is free
text, but you can indicate its type:
http://rs.gbif.org/extension/gbif/1.0/description.xml. Since this is
an extension, you can have multiple descriptions relating back to a
single species. For more info on how to express these type of
information, this document is probably a good start:

2. DwC has a habitat element:
http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/index.htm#habitat. It does not suggest
any controlled vocabularies

3. I'm not aware of an abundance term



On 9 January 2017 at 17:46, Antonio Rojas Castro
<rojas.castro.antonio at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear list,
> I am new to the Darwin Core World, so I apologize in advance if I am missing
> any basics.
> I am working on a project that aims to describe plants according to Haller.
> We are using DwC to encode information with XML; however, I am missing the
> following elements:
> an element to store small descriptions of plants;
> an element to store the place where plants may be found — by that I am not
> meaning the actual location where the plant was identified but its habitat
> in general terms.
> an element to store the frequency of the plant, in other words, if it is
> common or not.
> I am currently using my own terms to store this information:
> <hllr:addition>
>                <hllr:description>foliis subhirsutis, ovato lanceolatis,
> acute serratis, peiolis
>                   florigeris ramosis, folia superantibus.</hllr:description>
>                <hllr:keyword>Wegränder</hllr:keyword>
>                <hllr:keyword>Gebüsch</hllr:keyword>
>                <hllr:keyword>felsig</hllr:keyword>
>                <hllr:frequency>verbreitet</hllr:frequency>
>   </hllr:addition>
> I am wondering whether I could store that information in DwC tags instead —
> or should I be using Dublin Core tags to describe this kind of information?
> Many thanks.
> Best,
> --
> Dr. Antonio Rojas Castro
> Research assistant, Cologne Center for eHumanities
> Communication coordinator, EADH
> <http://www.antoniorojascastro.com>
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