[tdwg-content] Canonical name parsing

Dmitry Mozzherin dmozzherin at eol.org
Wed Mar 14 18:14:54 CET 2012

Rod, I think what you suggest goes well with existing DwC usage of

So having scientificName as any kind of a name and

Peter's suggestion of canonicalScientificName as a canonical form of the name

would pretty much solve the issue and be intuitive enough for people
not to make mistakes normally.

EOL uses canonical form as a title on species pages, it would be easy
to add canonical forms to API I imagine.


On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM, Roderic Page <r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk> wrote:
> OK, a slightly less ranty take on this.
> It seems to me there are a couple of "use cases" we need to tease apart.
> If the goal is to digitise and aggregate (e.g., transcribe museum labels,
> aggregate from old museum databases) then ultimately yes, you take whatever
> people give you and clean it. Ideally you'd give people tools to clean stuff
> up before they serve it, but you try and make the barriers as low as
> possible.
> But once you have that data for the love of God (oops, rant) don't simply
> repackage dirty data. What  motivated my initial tweet was having to deal
> with a mess from the EOL API where names may or may not have authorities,
> depending in part upon what the source of the classification was. It's a
> mess, and I don't understand why people insist on serving this stuff.
> So I guess my point is that if you're a primary provider (i,.e.,  you're the
> person or institution that digitised the original metadata) then you have an
> excuse, but if you are serving data you got from someplace else, give me
> canonical names.
> Regards
> Rod
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