[tdwg-tag] NCBI taxonomy in RDF
p.kirk at cabi.org
Mon Jul 13 17:03:36 CEST 2009
surprised that the infrageneric ranks not infrequently used in Botanical
nomenclature are not included - viz. Section, Subsection, Series and
And confused as to the logic of using 'varietas' and 'forma' when, for
example, kingdom is used rather than regnum ... I would suggest either
all Latin forms or both Latin and English forms of the rank terms.
Accepting that 'variety' has been used used as an alternative to what
might be the more correct cultivar.
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[mailto:tdwg-tag-bounces at lists.tdwg.org] On Behalf Of Scott Federhen,
Sent: 13 July 2009 15:54
To: Roderic Page
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Subject: Re: [tdwg-tag] NCBI taxonomy in RDF
In case it helps at all, our rank list is -
Several of these are not on the TDWG list (cohort, parvorder, species
group & subgroup) or are spelled differently (varietas, forma).
Unranked nodes can appear anywhere in the classification, and sibling
nodes may be of different rank.
On Jul 12, 2009, at 5:14 AM, Roderic Page wrote:
> Dear Kevin,
> But the reality is that a taxon concept may have a rank that's not in
> the TDWG vocabulary (e.g., an informal rank), and existing name
> databases may disagree about the rank. For example, a nomenclator may
> have a name that was published as a subgenus, but a concept database
> (such as NCBI) may use it as a genus.
> I guess I'm keen on capturing what is actually out there, not what
> ideally should be out their.
> On 12 Jul 2009, at 06:59, Kevin Richards wrote:
>> I suspect the rankString (as well as the rank property) was
>> deprecated from the TaxonConcept class because the rank and
>> rankString properties are also on the TaxonName class
>> ), where it is far more appropriate to have them - ie Taxon Concepts
>> are not the best place to put rank info.
>> From: tdwg-tag-bounces at lists.tdwg.org [tdwg-tag-
>> bounces at lists.tdwg.org] On Behalf Of Roderic Page
>> [r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk ]
>> Sent: Sunday, 12 July 2009 5:25 a.m.
>> To: Technical Architecture Group mailing list
>> Subject: [tdwg-tag] NCBI taxonomy in RDF
>> I've been playing with expressing the NCBI taxonomy in TDWG RDF. The
>> results are described at
>> (see also
>> for some background).
>> It's still incomplete (I've not put links up and down the tree yet),
>> but for now the focus is on expressing links to nomenclators that
>> support LSIDs (such as IPNI and Index Fungorum) so that I can
>> annotate the NCBI taxonomy via SPARQL queries.
>> One minor comment, the property "rankString" has been deprecated
>> (apparently), but it makes sense to retain this as there may well be
>> ranks that a classification has that aren't in the TDWG vocabulary.
>> Hence, I'd be keen for this NOT to be deprecated.
>> Roderic Page
>> Professor of Taxonomy
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> Roderic Page
> Professor of Taxonomy
> DEEB, FBLS
> Graham Kerr Building
> University of Glasgow
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