[tdwg-content] synonyms in DwC Archives

Tony.Rees at csiro.au Tony.Rees at csiro.au
Tue Mar 18 23:32:26 CET 2014

Hi Hilmar, all,

This is how I currently handle synonyms in my IRMNG DwCA export file (rightly or wrongly):

TaxonID: 1268813
ScientificName: Herpetophytum (F.R.R. Schlechter) F.G. Brieger, 1981
TaxonomicStatus: synonym
AcceptedNameUsageID: 1243758

where 1243758 is the TaxonID of Dendrobium O. Swartz, 1799, the currently accepted name for this taxon.

For the latter, the AcceptedNameUsageID will be the same as the TaxonID indicating that this is currently an accepted name (also will have TaxonomicStatus = accepted).

Is this not sufficient for the requirement to handle synonyms?

Regards - Tony

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From: tdwg-content-bounces at lists.tdwg.org [mailto:tdwg-content-bounces at lists.tdwg.org] On Behalf Of Hilmar Lapp
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Subject: [tdwg-content] synonyms in DwC Archives

I'm looking for recommendations on how best to put synonyms for taxon records into DwC Archive format.

I'm assuming that these would go into an extension file. Do I have this right? What I'm having more trouble with is determining the right column term. there's dwc:vernacularName, which is also in the examples, but what about synonyms of different types that come with taxonomies (such as NCBI's) or that result from merging taxonomies. There isn't an obvious candidate in DwC, and the list at http://rs.gbif.org/core/dwc_taxon.xml doesn't have a suggestion either that would seem pertinent.

Any suggestions, pointers to documentation or examples?


Hilmar Lapp -:- informatics.nescent.org/wiki<http://informatics.nescent.org/wiki> -:- lappland.io<http://lappland.io>

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