Standards and Ontologies

The Paleo Core data standard is an implementation of Darwin Core for paleoanthropology that draws from the Darwin Core standard terms and from the ChronometricAge extension. Additionally, Paleo Core introduces new classes for archaeological and geological occurrences along with new attributes appropriate to these classes. These changes also precipitate minor reassignments of attributes between occurrence classes.

Paleo Core Terms

This page provides an index to all the terms used by Paleo Core with links to their sources, commentary and examples for implementation of the terms for paleoanthropology, and definitions for newly minted Paleo Core terms.

Given the broad range of information collected and utilized in paleoanthropology the metadata schemes are large and can be cumbersome. Paleo Core identifies a minimum subset of terms that reflect the most significant and consistently employed concepts in paleoanthropology based on an analysis of several active projects hosted at paleocore.org and in published data dictionaries.

namespace: https://paleocore.org/terms/
namespace abbreviation: pc
website: https://paleocore.org/terms


Dublin Core

A metadata initiative for publications and online resources.

namespace: http://purl.org/dc/terms/
namespace abbreviation: dc
website: http://dublincore.org


Darwin Core

A metadata initiative for biodiversity.

namespace: http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/
namespace abreviation: dwc
website: https://dwc.tdwg.org/terms/


Friend of a Friend Ontology

An ontology for people, organizations and social networks.

namespace: http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/
namespace abbreviation: foaf
WebVOWL visualization


Biological Collections Ontology

A biodiversity and collections ontology based on Darwin Core metadata terms.

namespace: http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/bco.owl
namespace abbreviation: bco
website: http://www.obofoundry.org/ontology/bco.html
WebVOWL visualization


Uberon Ontology

An anatomical ontology with a focus on vertebrates.

namespace: uri: http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/uberon.owl
namespace abbreviation: uberon
webpage: http://uberon.github.io/