[tdwg] "Representing Attribution" Darwin Core Hour Webinar TODAY @ 11am EDT

Erica Krimmel ekrimmel at gmail.com
Mon Oct 29 13:04:04 UTC 2018

Darwin Core (DwC) Hour #14 is TODAY: *An Attribution Darwin Core Extension
- What Would That Look Like?

WHEN: Monday, October 29 at 11:00am EDT / *15:00* UTC

WHERE: https://idigbio.adobeconnect.com/room

PRESENTERS: *Anne Thessen* (Oregon State University, ORCID
<https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2908-3327>) & *David Shorthouse* (CMN, ORCID

ABSTRACT: Research collections are an important tool for understanding the
Earth, its systems, and human interaction. Despite the importance of
collections, many are not maintained or curated as thoroughly as we desire.
Part of the reason for this is the lack of professional reward for
collection, curation, or maintenance. To address this gap in attribution
metadata, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and the Biodiversity Information
Standards (TDWG) organization co-endorsed a Working Group to create
recommendations for the representation of attribution metadata. After 18
months, this Working Group recommended the use of PROV entities and
properties to link people (Agent), the curatorial actions they perform
(Activity), and the digital or physical objects they are curating (Entity).
Assigning a Role to an Agent is optional. These recommendations are
discussed in the context of the RDA, TDWG, and existing standards.

Future work includes (1) adapting these recommendations to the specific
needs of TDWG and the natural history collections community, which could
include development of a Darwin Core extension, (2) recommendations on how
to best record agents, activities, and entities in collections management
platforms such that these data can be shared, and (3) recommendations and
possible solutions to help accelerate the process of reconciling agents and
their activities in legacy data.


   - Explore the Darwin Core Questions & Answers wiki:
   - See which of your questions have been asked and answered so far:
   - Submit your question / volunteer (yourself or someone) to do a webinar
   on a DwC topic: https://tinyurl.com/zja2muz
   - See what terms DwC recommends using a controlled vocabulary for:
   - Compare the above to what's actually inside some of the DwC fields
   that suggest using a controlled vocabulary (data from GBIF, iDigBio,
   VertNet, and soon ALA): https://github.com/tdwg/dwc-qa/tree/master/data

Happy Darwin Core and Data Quality, and hope to see you today!

Erica Krimmel, et al. from the iDigBio Data Mgmt Interest Group and the
Darwin Core Hour Team

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