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Simple Darwin Core for Non-Biologists Primer. Data Curation Network
Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/254322
Data Curation Network Mentor, Jake Carlson (University of Michigan)
Versions Last GitHub Release of DwC: 2021-07-15, https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5251698 https://github.com/DataCurationNetwork/data-primers
This primer focuses on Simple DwC (http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/simple/), a “mechanism used to share biodiversity information using the simplest methods and structure” (Darwin Core Task Group, 2014). With Simple DwC, the DwC schema is applied to a single flat file (i.e., table or spreadsheet). Because it is a self-contained data set that can be opened, edited, and analyzed using a wide variety of software, Simple DwC is easier to implement than other forms of DwC that use XML, RDF, or relational databases. The primer’s goal is to assist a curator presented with a data set structured in Simple DwC, or to assist a curator in a decision to apply the standard to a data set.
This work was created as part of the “Specialized Data Curation” Workshop #3 held at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, United States on November 5-6, 2019.