[tdwg-tapir] TaxonAPI

Donald Hobern dhobern at gbif.org
Tue Nov 29 14:26:07 CET 2005

Inventory requests can allow us to escape from the problem Roger describes
on the Wiki of being unable to discover all data from a nomenclatural
provider (and the need to enforce a single root element for concepts).
Indexing IPNI for example would be very difficult without an inventory
request of some kind.

There are clearly various ways of doing this.  One could be to include a
message in the API getNamesByRank() (and perhaps another
getIncludedRanks()).  Something like this might be less stress on a large
resource than getNamesInventory().

Donald Hobern (dhobern at gbif.org)
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Global Biodiversity Information Facility Secretariat 
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[mailto:tdwg-tapir-bounces at lists.tdwg.org] On Behalf Of "Döring, Markus"
Sent: 29 November 2005 10:40
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Subject: Re: [tdwg-tapir] TaxonAPI

So inventories dont seem to be important for any of the taxon APIs.
Do we then still want to provide parameterised inventories?

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[mailto:tdwg-tapir-bounces at lists.tdwg.org] Im Auftrag von Dave Vieglais
Gesendet: Montag, 28. November 2005 18:40
An: roger at tdwg.org
Cc: tdwg-tapir at lists.tdwg.org
Betreff: Re: [tdwg-tapir] TaxonAPI

Hi Roger,

You might also like to examine


The interfaces and implementation have been developed as part of the SEEK

  Dave V.

Roger Hyam wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I have been doing some work on a TaxonAPI. This is a high/low 
> definition of the kind of thing I believe people publishing taxonomic 
> data need to produce and people consuming it need to eat based on the 
> work I have been involved in on TCS.
> It is framed as if it were a web service type of thing but I imagine 
> that each of the method calls mentioned could equate to a Tapir 
> template of some kind. I imagine a template containing a parameterized 
> filter (not sure if those exist anymore).
> This is still work in progress as I need to define the list of 
> parameters more closely and sort the greater than/less than issue for 
> dates and a few other bits. Plus no one has seen it to comment on!
> You can read more about it here:
> http://www.tdwg.hyam.net/twiki/bin/view/TIP/TaxonAPI
> I would be most grateful for your comments.
> How does this fit with Tapir?
> Roger

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