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Darwin Core Archive Assistant

The Darwin Core Archive Assistant is a web application that presents a simple interface for describing the data elements a data publisher wishes to serve to the ABCDNet network as basic text files and composes the appropriate XML descriptor file as defined in the Darwin Core Text Guidelines to accompany them.

The Darwin Core is a body of standards that include a set of terms relating to taxa and their occurrence in nature, and a set of practices regarding the use of these terms in the publication of biodiversity data and information.

Darwin Core Archives support the publication of enriched data types that extend the core terms while retaining the relatively simple, text-based data format. These extensions, however, require the inclusion of an XML descriptor file (meta.xml) that serves as a map to the different files and data elements in the archive. Many biologists and data managers find working with XML challenging while otherwise finding the technical threshold for producing Darwin Core Archives quite low.