[tdwg-tnc] RE: LSIDs and taxon concepts

Benjamin Clark benjamin.clark at imperial.ac.uk
Mon Oct 8 16:10:01 CEST 2007

Dear All,
         I thought I would chip in and say that the two CATE websites are
resolving LSIDs for taxon concepts, and returning metadata typed according
to http://rs.tdwg.org/ontology/voc/TaxonConcept. Their urls are
http://www.cate-araceae.org which is a web-revision of the Araceae (Arums
and relatives) and http://www.cate-sphingidae.org which is a web-revision of
the Sphingidae (Hawkmoths). In each case, we're returing the concept sensu
the web-revision, rather than a paper publication, which means that it is
the name as used by the editorial boards of the websites and published on
the pages of the website. It is the intention to extend this group through
the addition of an open peer-review process (see

At the moment, we're only returning taxon concepts, name strings, a link to
the taxon page on the website, and taxonomic relationships to other taxon
concepts (child taxa and synonyms). The Araceae site also returns IPNI lsids
where we've been able to match the name to a name in IPNI. We'd like to do
the same for the sphingids if an authority for sphingid names becomes
available. We've got lots of descriptive information as well, and I expect
that we'll use the SPM to make that available eventually.


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