GBIF GNA Profile Reference Guide for Darwin Core Archive, Core Terms and Extensions

This document represents an overview of the terms and data structure proposed as a
simple, text-based data format to support the free and open exchange of annotated
species checklists and taxonomic catalogues.


The Darwin Core is body of standards. It includes a glossary of terms (in other contexts these
might be called properties, elements, fields, columns, attributes, or concepts) intended to
facilitate the sharing of information about biological diversity by providing reference definitions,
examples, and commentaries. The Darwin Core is primarily based on taxa, their occurrence in
nature as documented by observations, specimens, and samples, and related information. This document presents a complete reference list of the Darwin Core Taxon Class and the set of extensions and recommended vocabularies that are identified as the ‘GNA Profile.’


GBIF (2010). GBIF GNA Profile Reference Guide for Darwin Core
Archives, version 1.2, released on 15 March 2012, (contributed by Remsen D.P., Döring, M,
Robertson, T.), Copenhagen: Global Biodiversity Information Facility, 28 pp,. Accessible at


Remsen D.P., Döring, M, Robertson, T.


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