Linking multiple biodiversity informatics platforms with Darwin Core Archives

TitleLinking multiple biodiversity informatics platforms with Darwin Core Archives
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBaker, Ed, Simon Rycroft, and Vincent Smith
JournalBiodiversity Data Journal
Date Published01/2014
Type of ArticleA
Keywordsaccess article distributed under, baker e et al, biodiversity, biodiversity informatics, cc by, creative commons attribution license, Darwin Core, Darwin Core Archive, environment, Scratchpads, taxonomy, the terms of the, this is an open, virtual research, virtual research environment

We describe an implementation of the Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) standard that allows for the exchange of biodiversity information contained within the Scratchpads virtual research environment with external collaborators. Using this single archive file Scratchpad users can expose taxonomies, specimen records, species descriptions and a range of other data to a variety of third-party aggregators and tools (currently Encyclopedia of Life, eMonocot Portal, CartoDB, and the Common Data Model) for secondary use. This paper describes our technical approach to dynamically building and validating Darwin Core Archives for the 600+ Scratchpad user communities, which can be used to serve the diverse data needs of all of our content partners.