[Biogeosdi] Fwd: [tdwg-tag] BioGUID

Javier de la Torre jatorre at gmail.com
Wed Mar 28 05:14:35 CEST 2007

I think this could be interesting for the GUID part of the meeting.


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> From: Roderic Page <r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk>
> Date: 20 de marzo de 2007 15:14:43 GMT+01:00
> To: tdwg-tag at lists.tdwg.org, tdwg-guid at lists.tdwg.org
> Cc: Simon Rycroft <simon at rycroft.name>, Vince Smith  
> <vincent.smith at nhm.ac.uk>, David Remsen <dremsen at gbif.org>, Donat  
> Agosti <agosti at amnh.org>, William Piel <william.piel at yale.edu>
> Subject: [tdwg-tag] BioGUID
> Dear All,
> I've put together a web site called http://bioguid.info which,  
> rather grandly, is an attempt to bootstrap the biodiversity  
> Semantic Web by providing resolvable URIs for biological objects,  
> such as publications, taxonomic names, nucleotide sequences, and  
> specimens.
> These URIs (or "GUIDs") can be resolved by a web browser to display  
> HTML, but under the hood are resolved to RDF (which you can see by  
> viewing the source of the web page you get for a URI).
> The web interface is really window dressing, I just wanted a way to  
> display RDF that wouldn't frighten people (me included). For some  
> URIs all I do is grab XML and reformat it (e.g., DOIs). For GenBank  
> records, all manner of agony is involved in trying to extract  
> specimen and publication links.
> A good place to get a sense of what bioguid.info is about is to  
> start with this Pubmed record: http://bioguid.info/pmid:17079492
> From this, you can get a list of sequences. If you click on one of  
> those, you'll see a link to a specimen, which you can then look at  
> (you'll need Firefox 1.5, Camino, Webkkit, or a browser with a SVG  
> plugin for the full effect).
> What I'm hoping to do is start doing things like taking a TreeBASE  
> record, getting the linked sequences, running these through  
> bioguid.info to extract georeferenced specimen links, so with  
> minimal effort we get a map (and eventually a Google Earth tree a  
> la Bill Piel).
> The glue to make this happen comprises HTTP URIs that are  
> dereferenceable to RDF. This is my mantra for the day.
> Regards
> Rod
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