A high quality record contains the minimum mandatory fields plus as many of the following fields as possible:

  • precision and accuracy fields:
    • coordinate precision, coordinate uncertainty
    • taxon rank, identification qualifier
  • verification information:
    • survey methodology
    • geodetic datum, georeference information (by, protocol, references, date)
    • identification information (by, protocol, references, date)
    • verbatim values
  • other:
    • precision and accuracy
    • verification details
    • related records and taxa
    • multimedia

This additional information allows a potential user of the records to make an informed assessment as to whether to include them in their analysis or not.