[tdwg-content] Question about "vocabulary" in Darwin Core Archives assistant
steve.baskauf at vanderbilt.edu
Fri Apr 29 22:21:41 CEST 2011
I am playing around with Darwin Core Arcives, in particular the DwC-A
Assistant (http://tools.gbif.org/dwca-assistant/). One thing that I am
not exactly clear about is how to use the "Vocabulary" column in the
assistant. The description that comes up when you mouse over the column
heading says that it should ideally be a URI that identifies the
vocabulary and resolves to some machine readable form like RDF. So what
I'm wondering is whether I can put what effectively amounts to as a
namespace in that spot.
For example, a URI for the name "Acer rubrum L." that actually resolves
to RDF is:
I think that would qualify as a valid HTTP URI guid because it's the
proxied form of an LSID. So I would like to use it as a value for the
dwc:scientificNameID column in a DwC-A taxon record. However, the only
part of the identifier that makes the string unique within uBio's domain
is the last number - if I'm always using a uBio guid, the first
approximately 75 characters will be the same for all of the guids. So
can I just put
in the Vocabulary column and then just put the locally unique numbers
(e.g. "456216") in the column for dwc:scientificNameID? Should an
application using a DwC-A file be smart enough to append the
"vocabulary" string on the front of the actual value in the text file?
Or is that not how the "Vocabulary" column is intended to be used?
Steven J. Baskauf, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer
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