GBIF Darwin Core Archive, How-to Guide

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This document is a how-to guide for creating a Darwin Core Archive, a data format used to publish biodiversity data through the GBIF network.


Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) is an internationally recognised biodiversity informatics data standard that simplifies the publication of biodiversity data. It is based on Darwin Core, a standard developed and maintained by the Biodiversity Information Standards group. This document describes the format and presents options for its creation and publication within the GBIF network


GBIF (2010). Darwin Core Archives – How-to Guide, version 1, released on 1 March 2011, (contributed by Remsen D, Braak, K, Döring M, Robertson, T), Copenhagen: Global Biodiversity Information Facility, 21 pp, accessible online at:


Remsen D, Braak, K, Döring M, Robertson, T


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