Articles | Volume 21, issue 1
Review article
17 Jan 2018
Review article |  | 17 Jan 2018

History and development of ABCDEFG: a data standard for geosciences

Mareike Petersen, Falko Glöckler, Wolfgang Kiessling, Markus Döring, David Fichtmüller, Lertsutham Laphakorn, Brian Baltruschat, and Jana Hoffmann

Data sets

The Extension for Geosciences (EFG) of the Access to Biological Collection Data (ABCD) schema W. Kiessling, C. Copp, A. Rissoné, M. Döring, and H. Mewis

Short summary
Natural history museums harbor millions of collection items. To exchange and publish the associated data, an appropriate standard is essential. ABCD (Access to Biological Collection Data) enables together with its extension EFG (Extension for Geoscience) sharing and publishing of data related to biology, paleontological, mineralogical, and petrological objects. Here, we review the history of ABCDEFG and highlight its usage by different initiatives and for the data publication in various portals.