[tdwg] programmablebiodiversity.org ?

Eamonn O Tuama eotuama at gbif.org
Sun Sep 30 10:10:22 CEST 2007

Hi David,
I think a comprehensive registry of data providers, datasets and the
services built on them would go a long way to achieve what you are looking
for. To do that we need a good metadata profile for biodiversity data and
GBIF has identified this as a priority over the next year. We also need to
think beyond the immediate biodiversity realm to engage with the wider
geospatial community in such activities as GEOSS. We have already registered
the GBIF data portal REST services in the GEOSS registry and I have started
discussions with TDWG about getting their standards registered.

Best regards,



From: tdwg-bounces at lists.tdwg.org [mailto:tdwg-bounces at lists.tdwg.org] On
Behalf Of Shorthouse, David
Sent: 30 September 2007 05:45
To: tdwg at lists.tdwg.org
Subject: [tdwg] programmablebiodiversity.org ?

Now that GBIF is releasing lots of cool web services (thanks to Dave Martin,
Tim Robertson, and others) and similar web services can be found in other
organizations, ought we consider a www.programmableweb.com knock-off called
something like www.programmablebiodiversity.org? This way, we can have a
user-driven repository / show-and-tell for useful applications that can be
built for the wider biodiversity informatics community. At the very least,
this will provide some positive feedback for providers who can then point to
examples of how the data can be used, mashed-up, or otherwise repurposed in
imaginative ways. Plus, this could be like a communal grab-bag of tricks for
organizations like EOL. If anyone wants to take the initiative on this, I’ll
most certainly contribute.


The kinds of things I am thinking of are Rod Page’s iSpecies
(http://ispecies.org) or my temporary, development knock-off using nothing
but JSON (http://ispiders.blogspot.com/2007/09/ispecies-clone.html), or
Rod’s bioGUID reference parser and my simple way to tap into this in
real-time (http://tinyurl.com/ytqxo6), PygmyBrowse
(http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1125451.1125562), etc.


Along the same sort of lines, the TDWG link to its “Biodiversity Projects of
the World” is buried under “Activities”. Shouldn’t this be front and center
on the TDWG homepage?




David P. Shorthouse


Department of Biological Sciences

CW-403, Biological Sciences Centre

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB   T6G 2E9

mailto:dps1 at ualberta.ca






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