[tdwg-humboldt] eventType

Tim Robertson trobertson at gbif.org
Mon Apr 4 12:16:56 UTC 2022

Hi all,

I hope you are all well.

I’d like to draw your attention to the proposal to add eventType to Darwin Core [1].

As GBIF look to diversify our data model [2,3], we have identified the need for this term to be able to qualify what kind of events we’re arranging in the hierarchy. We know others have identified this need as well.
Since GBIF are working with the ALA to bring Sampling Event search and download to GBIF and the ALA, we have added eventType for use in the TEST IPTs already [e.g. 4] in a GBIF(!) namespace, allowing this work to progress.

eventType will likely capture a broad range of values to distinguish between things like visiting events, gathering events, material extraction events etc. It will take time to establish, but we imagine a hierarchical controlled vocabulary might be achievable, with an upper taxonomy that provides the anchoring points for communities to hang more specialist eventTypes from.

This might be of use for those creating test datasets to showcase Humboldt as well.


[1] https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/408
[2] https://www.gbif.org/event/33MQ8ZI9xuC98AekewiMr8/gbif-community-webinar-diversifying-the-gbif-data-model
[3] http://lists.tdwg.org/pipermail/tdwg-content/2021-December/003811.html
[4] https://ipt.gbif.org/

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