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Darwin Core Archive Format, Reference Guide to the XML Descriptor File

This document incorporates and extends the Darwin Core Text Guide located at
http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/guides/text/index.htm. It provides a detailed overview of
the XML descriptor file used to document the Darwin Core Archive format. The descriptor
file describes how biodiversity data files are organized.

Abstract 

The Darwin Core Archive format relies on a special XML file, called a metafile (typically
named “meta.xml”), whenever the data is published across more than one file. This file
serves as a map that enables parsers and human readers to properly interpret the
published files. It provides a means to link data in a particular column of a file to a
specific defined term in the standard set of terms used by GBIF.

Citation 

GBIF (2011). Darwin Core Archive Format, Reference Guide to the XML Descriptor File, April 2011, (contributed by Döring, M., Robertson, T., Remsen, D.), Copenhagen: Global Biodiversity Information Facility,16 pp.

Author(s) 

Döring, M., Robertson, T., Remsen, D.

Publisher 

GBIF Secretariat

Rights 

This document is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Rights holder 

GBIF Secretariat