The Darwin Core is body of standards. It includes a glossary of terms (in other contexts these might be called properties, elements, fields, columns, attributes, or concepts) intended to facilitate the sharing of information about biological diversity by providing reference definitions, examples, and commentaries. The Darwin Core is primarily based on taxa, their occurrence in nature as documented by observations, specimens, samples, and related information. Included are documents describing how these terms are managed, how the set of terms can be extended for new purposes, and how the terms can be used.
Darwin Core (c) by the Darwin Core Task Group, Biodiversity Informatics Standards (TDWG). Darwin Core is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. A copy of the license is provided in LICENSE.
How to attribute and cite Darwin Core
Use the recommended citation format where possible. For applied uses, referencing
http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/ suffices. When specifically citing the current Darwin Core Standard documentation, the recommended citation format is (substitute the parenthetical date accessed with today's date):
Darwin Core Task Group, Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). 2009. Darwin Core. http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/ (accessed on 2014-10-31).
For scholarly citations, consider reading and citing the seminal peer-reviewed article on Darwin Core:
Wieczorek J, Bloom D, Guralnick R, Blum S, Döring M, et al. (2012) Darwin Core: An Evolving Community- Developed Biodiversity Data Standard. PLoS ONE 7(1): e29715. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029715