[tdwg-content] GUIDs for publications (usages and names)

Peter DeVries pete.devries at gmail.com
Tue Jan 4 20:32:52 CET 2011

Hi Steve,

I have been lobbying the BHL for this for some time. Most recently in this
blog post.


What I have realized is that, for many works that are out of copyright,
Google books has already scanned and converted them to PDF.

You can use these, even extract the relevant PDF pages as long as you keep
the Google watermark.

This is what I have done for the Cougar.


For more recent works you may be able to link to the article PDF. As in this
spider example.


We also need a URI for to uniquely identify authors and in the absence of a
better solution, I have been using, and in some cases creating, entries in
Wikipedia which currently has over 5,000 taxonomic author profiles.

This results in usable RDF via DBpedia. As you can see in the RDF in this


And in the Knowledge Base

That said, I have also been experimenting with this.


About: Carl Linnaeus http://bit.ly/gLgElf

- Pete

On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 7:47 PM, Steve Baskauf
<steve.baskauf at vanderbilt.edu>wrote:

> I was reviewing some of the previous posts on taxon name usages in an
> attempt to understand them better.  I have learned that the Global Names
> Index is an attempt to catalog taxon names and that it is possible to
> generate a URI that points to a name there.  Is there a parallel effort
> to do the same thing for literature references?  In other words, if I
> want to describe the TNU:
> Andropogon virginicus L. sec. Radford et al. (1968)
> I think I could find a URI GUID for the name Andropogon virginicus .
> But is there some place where I could find a unique identifier, or
> better a URL, or best a URI providing RDF/XML for Linnaeus 1753 (the
> author and publication for the name) and for Radford et al.1968 (the
> author and publication that expresses the usage I'm intending).
> I suppose that this question has previously been answered in the in the
> many posts on taxon names, concepts, etc.  However, since usually my
> brain goes numb and my eyes glaze over in those threads, I probably
> missed it.
> Steve
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Pete DeVries
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