Darwin Core namespace policy

Title
Darwin Core namespace policy
Date version issued
2018-08-26
Date created
2009-02-12
Part of TDWG Standard
http://www.tdwg.org/standards/450/
This version
http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/namespace/2018-08-26
Latest version
http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/namespace/
Previous version
http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/namespace/2013-09-23
Abstract
All terms in the Darwin Core must be assigned a unique Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). For convenience, the term URIs that are assigned and managed by the Darwin Core Task Group are grouped into collections known as Darwin Core namespaces. This document describes how term URIs are allocated by the Darwin Core Maintenance Group and the policies associated with Darwin Core namespaces.
Contributors
John Wieczorek (MVZ), Markus Döring (GBIF), Renato De Giovanni (CRIA), Tim Robertson (GBIF), Dave Vieglais (KUNHM)
Creator
Darwin Core Task Group
Bibliographic citation
Darwin Core Task Group. 2009. Darwin Core Namespace Policy. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/namespace/

1 Introduction

This document and the policies contained herein are modeled on the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Namespace Policy. All terms in the Darwin Core must be identified with a unique Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). For convenience, the term URIs are grouped into collections known as Darwin Core namespaces. This document describes the policies associated with Darwin Core namespaces and how term URIs are allocated by the Darwin Core Maintenance Group.

1.1 Status of the content of this document

All sections of this document are normative.

1.2 Audience

This document is targeted toward those who want to make changes to the Darwin Core, either by refining terms that already exist or by adding new terms to increase the capabilities of the standard.

2 Namespace URIs

The Darwin Core namespace URI for the collection of general Darwin Core properties, classes, and encoding schemes is:

http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/

The Darwin Core namespace URI for the collection Darwin Core properties expected to have IRI values is:

http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/iri/

The term identifier for the current (recommended) version of a term is a URI based on the namespace and the term name without version information. Some example Darwin Core term identifiers follow:

http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/scientificName

is the Darwin Core term identifier for the scientificName property, while

http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/MachineObservation

is the Darwin Core term identifier for the MachineObservation class.

All Darwin Core identifiers will dereference to a Darwin Core term declaration for the identified term.

3 Term change policy

(This section has been superseded by the Vocabulary Maintenance Specification)

4 Persistence policy

TDWG recognizes that people and applications depend on the persistence of formal documents and machine processable schemas that have been made publicly available. In particular, the stability of Darwin Core term URIs and Darwin Core namespace URIs is critical to interoperability over time. Thus, the wide promulgation of this set of URIs dictates that they be maintained to support legacy applications that have adopted them.