Stand-alone data validation tools
The DDb provides a few data validation tools to check tabular data files prior to upload. The eventual plan is to integrate all these into a single checking system, but until that work is complete it's worth passing data files through each of these tools separately prior to importing into the DDb.
- Taxon names
Matches taxon names from other sources against accepted names in the DDb taxon lists (largely a variant of the Stace Edition 3 flora lists).
- Recorder name formats
This tool attempts to apply standard formating (e.g. Surname, Forename or Surname, A.; Other, A.N.) to a list of names of people or organisations. Names which cannot be parsed are indicated and should be reformatted manually prior to data upload.
Checks for malformed references and matches grid-references to vice-county boundaries.
Parses various date layouts into a standard format.
- Taxon distribution
Matches taxon occurrences against the distribution from the BSBI's 2000 Atlas, and against known vice-county occurrence and with pre-existing records in the DDb.