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

Peter DeVries pete.devries at gmail.com
Thu Jan 6 05:19:51 CET 2011

Hi Paul,

This looks like a good API, but it is yet another API.

There are at least four ways people tell the world about their linked data.

1) Set it up so it can be crawled
2) Publish a Semantic SiteMap.
3) Expose a void.rdf file
4) Add it to the CKAN package site.

I do all of these and that does not count all the various GNI, GBIF, EoL,
Digger etc. API's.

I don't mean to say that one of these is better than the others. There are
advantages to each - but there are simply too many.


- Pete

On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 9:05 PM, Paul Murray <pmurray at anbg.gov.au> wrote:

> On 06/01/2011, at 1:36 PM, Peter DeVries wrote:
> Most groups now make their data available as an RDF dump which eliminated
> the need to crawl if you want to pull in a lot of data.
> We supply this functionality via an OAI-PMH service. The "Protocol for
> Metadata Harvesting" is a standard way of asking for a list of ids or a list
> of actual records, limited by an optional "set" specifier and by start/end
> modification dates. Essentially: "What records do you have?" and "What's
> changed since last thursday?"
> If you pass set specifier to our service, we treat it as the prefix of the
> LSIDs that you want to limit your search to, allowing data harvesting to be
> done in manageable chunks.
> Our implementation does not perform especially well (I think the XSLT
> engine is the bottleneck). But that aside, OAI-PMH seems to be a sensible
> way for data stores to maintain mirrors of each other's data. Even just the
> list of ids changed since X id useful - you can remove them from your cache,
> and load them via linked data when required.
> See:
> http://www.openarchives.org/OAI/openarchivesprotocol.html
> http://biodiversity.org.au/oaipmh?verb=Identify
> Please do not send ListIdentifiers or ListRecords requests to this service
> without specifying a set that includes at least one character of the
> objectid part of the lsid.
> http://biodiversity.org.au/oaipmh?verb=ListIdentifiers&metadataPrefix=rdf&set=urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.publication:11
> It hasn't crashed for weeks now, and it would be nice to keep it that way
> for just a little longer <sob!>.
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Pete DeVries
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University of Wisconsin - Madison
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