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Ecological Trait-data Standard Vocabulary (v0.10)

Florian Schneider; Malte Jochum; Gaëtane LeProvost; Andreas Ostrowski; Caterina Penone; Nadja K. Simons

David Fichtmüller

Public release at GFBio Terminology Service: https://terminologies.gfbio.org/terms/ets/pages/ (human readable) and https://terminologies.gfbio.org/terminology/?ontology=ETS (API access).

v0.10, released 28 March 2019

critical changes

The assignment of user-defined and standardised measurement values and trait and taxon assignments has been updated, to match labelling practice in DwC and provide a more intuitive content for those fields. Accordingly

  • the v0.9.1 terms `scientificName`, `traitName`, `traitValue`, and `traitUnit` have been renamed into `verbatimScientificName`, `verbatimTraitName`, `verbatimTraitValue`, and `verbatimTraitUnit` with new identifiers.
  • the terms `scientificNameStd`, `traitNameStd`, `traitValueStd`, and  `traitUnitStd` have been renamed into `scientificName`, `traitName`, `traitValue`, and `traitUnit` and now form the default suggested content for trait data complying with the ETS. Definitions have been harmonized. The original *Std identifiers now resolve to these new terms.

major changes

  •  further recommended metadata terms have been added, based on Dublin Core Metadata Initiative: `rights`, `datasetDefinition`, `issued`, and `conformsTo`

minor changes

  • the identifier field for Dublin Core terms now provides an own Identifier on GFBio terminology service, while the Dublin Core identifier is given in the 'Refines' field. 

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  • Schneider, F.D., Jochum, M., Le Provost, G., Ostrowski, A., Penone, C., Fichtmüller, D., Gossner, M.M., Güntsch, A., König-Ries, B., Manning, P. and Simons, N.K. (2018) Towards an Ecological Trait-data Standard, biorxiv.org DOI: 10.1101/328302

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