Linking multiple biodiversity informatics platforms with Darwin Core Archives

Biodivers Data J. 2014 Jan 8;(2):e1039. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e1039. eCollection 2014.


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.

Keywords: Darwin Core; Darwin Core Archive; Scratchpads; biodiversity; biodiversity informatics; taxonomy; virtual research environment.