[tdwg-tag] NCBI taxonomy in RDF
r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
Sun Jul 12 11:14:45 CEST 2009
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 (http://rs.tdwg.org/ontology/voc/TaxonName
> ), 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.
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> Subject: [tdwg-tag] NCBI taxonomy in RDF
> I've been playing with expressing the NCBI taxonomy in TDWG RDF. The
> results are described at http://iphylo.blogspot.com/2009/07/ncbi-rdf.html
> (see also http://iphylo.blogspot.com/2009/07/ncbi-taxonomy-tdwg-vocabularies-and-rdf.html
> 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.
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