GBIF Metadata Profile, Reference Guide

This document provides a reference guide to the terms and concepts used to define the GBIF Metadata Profile.


Metadata, literally “data about data” are an essential component of a data management
system, describing such aspects as the “who, what, where, when and how” pertaining to a
resource. In the GBIF context, resources are datasets, loosely defined as collections of
related data, the granularity of which is determined by the data custodian.


GBIF (2011). GBIF Metadata Profile, Reference Guide, Feb 2011, (contributed by O Tuama, E., Braak, K., Copenhagen: Global Biodiversity Information Facility,19 pp. Accessible at


O Tuama, E., Braak, K.


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