[API-users] Dataset contacts

"Holetschek, Jörg" j.holetschek at bgbm.org
Thu Jul 10 11:18:21 CEST 2014

Hi guys,

I'm using the API to get dataset metadata from the registry (http://api.gbif.org/v0.9/dataset).

Each dataset entry has a 'contact' element, which is a list of contacts. Usually, each contact has a certain type. In the given example in the documentation, there are two contacts, each of type ADMINISTRATIVE_POINT_OF_CONTACT:

However, paging through the datasets, I hit contacts that somehow look different. For example, they don't have a type, which breaks a script if you want to find the primary administrative contact, for example:

Is that intended? Or is it leftovers from the old registry?


Jörg Holetschek
Coordinator Biodiversity Data Networks
Botanic Garden & Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Dept. Biodiversity Informatics

Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8, D-14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838-50150, j.holetschek at bgbm.org

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