This is topic 2.4. in the Information section of the Advancing the Catalogue of the World’s Natural History Collections consultation. Use this topic to discuss the questions listed below.
The TDWG Collection Descriptions (CD) Interest Group] is currently developing the CD standard for collection descriptions (evolving from the earlier TDWG Natural Collections Description (NCD) standard). Existing networks and institutional schemes use a variety of different formats or variants of metadata standards for their collection records, as a result of which interoperability between these resources (and hence data aggregation) is limited. To overcome this barrier, clarity is needed around factors such as preferred standards and vocabularies, mandatory fields and compatibility between information in different formats.
The following contributed materials are particularly relevant to this topic:
- Presentation: TDWG Collection Descriptions Data Standard Task Group
- Presentation: CETAF and DiSSCo Collections Registry
- Presentation: ALA Collectory
- Presentation: The Specifications of Earth Science Collections (CETAF)
- What descriptive information should be considered mandatory or desirable for each Collection?
- Does the TDWG CD work supply everything needed?
- Otherwise, what enhancements are necessary?
- How much of this information needs to be normalised for machine processing (rather than just for human readers)?