RBINS DaRWIN

Latest version published by Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences on Jan 26, 2021 Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences houses a precious collection of zoological, anthropological, paleontological, mineralogical and geological materials and data. The renowned Iguanodons from Bernissart, ambassadors of the Belgian science institute in Brussels, represent a natural history collection currently estimated to hold over 37 million specimens. The roots of the present day collection reach far back in history. It evolved from the Natural History collection of Karel of Lotharingen, governor of The Netherlands (1712-1780) and was part of didactic materials owned by the Central School of the City of Brussels. After the independence of Belgium, the City of Brussels donated the collection to the Belgian Government and became part of the autonomous Royal Natural History Museum in 1846, known as the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences since 1948. Fieldwork by researchers and collaborators, in Belgium and abroad, donations and purchases have been expanding the assets ever since. The data presented in this dataset are coming from the DaRWIN database, the collection management tool of the RBINS. Today, DaRWIN manages information on about 550.000 specimens stored in the institute's repositories. This number rises on a daily basis thanks to the continued efforts of curators and their adjuncts that are responsible for maintaining the stored specimens and information. The dataset is made available on GBIF and covers the complete collection, as well as subcollections within Vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish), Invertebrates (acarines, arachnids, Belgian marine invertebrates, brachiopods, bryozoans, marine chelicerates, cnidarians, crustaceans, echinoderms, molluscs and rotifers) and Entomology (beetles, dipterans, heterocerans, hymenopterans, orthopterans and rhopalocerans).

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 623,841 records. 1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Occurrence (core)
    623841
  • ExtendedMeasurementOrFact 
    2091642

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

Downloads

Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 623,841 records in English (123 MB) - Update frequency: continually
Metadata as an EML file download in English (8 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (7 KB)

Versions

The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

Rights

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 8138eb72-f762-11e1-a439-00145eb45e9a.  Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Belgian Biodiversity Platform.

Keywords

natural history collection; RBINS; DaRWIN; Biodiversity; Occurrence; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Olivier Pauwels
curator
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences - Department of Vautierstraat 29 1000 Brussels BE
Yves Samyn
curator
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences - Department of Vautierstraat 29 1000 Brussels BE

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Biodiversity and Ecological Data and Information Centre - Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences
Biodiversity and Ecological Data and Information Centre - Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences Vautierstraat 29 1000 Brussels BE

Who filled in the metadata:

Thomas Vandenberghe
Data manager
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences Vautierstraat 29 1000 Brussels BE

Who else was associated with the resource:

Content Provider
Patrick Semal
Head of Section Scientific Heritage
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences Vautierstraat 29 1000 Brussels BE

Geographic Coverage

Worldwide

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Kingdom  Animalia

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1814-09-01 / 2019-01-09

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 8138eb72-f762-11e1-a439-00145eb45e9a
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