Palaeontology

Metadata Standards

ABCD - Access to Biological Collection Data

A standard for the access to and exchange of primary biodiversity data, including specimens and observations.

Darwin Core

A body of standards, including 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.

Extensions

ABCDEFG - Access to Biological Collection Databases Extended for Geosciences

An extension of the ABCD standard for Geosciences data.

Use Cases

BAS PDC - British Antarctic Survey Polar Data Centre

An organisation coordinating the management of data collected by UK-funded scientists in the polar regions, using an application profile that is harmonious with both ISO 19115 and DIF.

GeoCASe - Geosciences Collection Access Service

The GeoCASe Network provides access to a transnational network of palaeontological, mineralogical, and geological data; providers are required to use ABCDEFG, an extention of ABCD, in their configuration files.