In the DwC-A we generate for GBIF at iNat, I am listed as the
<creator>. I think this is why “Ueda K” appears at the top of our dataset page and why the citation GBIF recommends for each individual occurrence we publish starts with “Ueda K.” I find this very embarrassing since I am not the person who created the dataset as a whole or the individual records (you would think the citation for individual records would attribute the person in the
recordedBy field). I think when we originally set the DwC-A up we just assumed the
<creator> could be the same as the
<contact> and didn’t give it much more thought.
So my questions are
- If I just omit the
metadata.eml.xmlwill the archive still be valid and ingested by GBIF?
- Are we supposed to assign an individual person as the creator? Would an institution be more appropriate and if so should that be iNaturalist itself, or the legal entity that we are a part of (the California Academy of Sciences)?