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GBIF Metadata Profile, How-to guide


This document is a how-to guide for creating a metadata document that conforms to the
GBIF Metadata Profile.


Ó Tuama, Eamonn, Braak, K. Remsen, D.


GBIF Secretariat, Monday, April 11, 2011

Target audience

Data administrators and biologists


Documenting the provenance and scope of datasets is required in order to publish data through the GBIF network. Dataset documentation is referred to as ‘resource metadata’ that enable users to evaluate the fitness-for-use of a dataset. This guide provides recommended practices and instruction on publishing metadata.

Bibliographic citation

GBIF (2011). GBIF Metadata Profile – How-to Guide, (contributed by Ó Tuama, Eamonn, Braak, K. Remsen, D.), Copenhagen: Global Biodiversity Information Facility, 11 pp, accessible online at gbif_metadata_profile_how-to_en_v1/


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

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GBIF Secretariat