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

Chris Freeland Chris.Freeland at mobot.org
Tue Jan 4 20:56:34 CET 2011

Steve, Pete, et al.,
BHL has an OpenURL resolver that can accept a variety of input criteria
& return matching records with responses in JSON (with or without
callback), XML, HTML, or a direct link.  Documentation is here:
And linked from our broader documentation here:

Here's an example, referenced in the documentation, for querying on a
You can also query based on common abbreviations, like Sp. Pl.:
MOBOT's Tropicos uses the OpenURL resolver to link to protologues, as in
this example:
With Tropicos we have an authority record for each journal or
monographic title.  We match Tropicos' TitleID to BHL's TitleID & use
that as a more direct link to the appropriate reference, but still send
collation & other info to get to the appropriate page, as in this link:
I know that this is insufficient for zoology & other natural sciences
beyond botany, where we need to be able to support citations like
"Pallas 1767", which may or may not be preparsed into appropriate
fields.  A known problem, for sure, and one that we're eager to address,
pending funding from NSF.
Chris Freeland | Director, Center for Biodiversity Informatics |
Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd. | St. Louis, Missouri 63110 | 314.577.9548


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[mailto:tdwg-content-bounces at lists.tdwg.org] On Behalf Of Peter DeVries
Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2011 1:33 PM
To: Steve Baskauf
Cc: tdwg-content at lists.tdwg.org
Subject: Re: [tdwg-content] GUIDs for publications (usages and names)

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

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


And in the Knowledge Base
.org%2Fses%2Fv6n7p%23OriginalDescription >

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
	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,
	better a URL, or best a URI providing RDF/XML for Linnaeus 1753
	author and publication for the name) and for Radford et al.1968
	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
	missed it.
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Pete DeVries
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