basisOfRecord - AtlasOfLivingAustralia/ala-dataquality Wiki

Short description 

The specific nature of the data record, e.g. specimen, human observation, fossil.


What the record is of, e.g. this is a record of a specimen or a human observation of an organism in the wild, or some other occurrence. This ranges from human observation, through machine observation, to preserved specimens and DNA analysis. The values used by the ALA include those identified in Darwin Core (

Previously, the ALA included some none standard terms in this field. EnvironmentalDNA occurrence records and GenomicDNA occurrence records are now identified in the Data Resource metadata, see this article for searching and filtering for these types of records:

Relevant Standards 

Darwin Core: basisOfRecord

Expert vocabulary 

Darwin Core:

ALA usage 

Values are:


Data custodian recommendations 

Technical description, provenance, code