[Tdwg-guid] Fwd: [Lsid-developer] Prototype URL to Life Science Identifier (LSID) gateway now available

Roderic Page r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
Fri Oct 13 08:38:04 CEST 2006

In case people missed this development (as I did), announced on the  
LSID Developer mailing list.



Begin forwarded message:

> From: Sean Martin <sjmm at us.ibm.com>
> Date: 12 October 2006 22:51:05 BST
> To: public-semweb-lifesci at w3.org
> Cc: Lsid-developer at lists.sourceforge.net
> Subject: [Lsid-developer] Prototype URL to Life Science Identifier  
> (LSID) gateway now available
> Hello all,
> A little while back the W3C's HCLS BioRDF group (in the form of Susie  
> Stephens) asked if I would look into establishing a prototype of a  
> gateway service that allows the mapping of  LSIDs to URLs. The initial  
> suggestion came from Henry Thompson who asked that we take at look at  
> how the ARK system does something similar.  He and members of the W3C  
> TAG, as well as others on the public-semweb-lifesci list have  
> indicated how important they feel it is that one should be able to  
> derefence URIs using the HTTP URI scheme and I believe this prototype  
> succeeds in doing just that for LSIDs. You can read that conversation  
> in the archives of the mail-list [1].
> The OMG were both interested and willing to cooperate with this effort  
> and they have established a new DNS domain lsid-info.org for the  
> purpose. I am pleased to announce that the prototype gateway is now  
> operational. [2]
>  Here is our first stab at the syntax of the mapping. To form your  
> LSID access URL, replace the string <LSID> with an actual resolvable  
> To retrieve the named bytes use http://lsid-info.org/<LSID>
>         Example:  
> http://lsid-info.org/urn:lsid:ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.lsid.biopathways.org: 
> genbank:30350027
> To retrieve the RDF metadata (effectively a named graph) for the named  
> bytes or concept use http://lsid-info.org/<LSID>?
>         Example:  
> http://lsid-info.org/urn:lsid:gdb.org:GenomicSegment:GDB132938?
> To retrieve and format the RDF metadata for the named bytes or concept  
> as human-readable HTML use http://lsid-info.org/rdf2html/<LSID>
>         Example:  
> http://lsid-info.org/rdf2html/urn:lsid: 
> gene.ucl.ac.uk.lsid.biopathways.org:hugo:MVP
> To retrieve information about the authority for the named bytes or  
> concept use http://lsid-info.org/host/<LSID>
>         Example:  
> http://lsid-info.org/host/urn:lsid:gdb.org:GenomicSegment:GDB132938
> Obviously this syntax can be evolved so we would like feed back.
> I hope that others will find this gateway as useful as I believe we  
> will.  It may be that early work of this group should focus on  
> establishing recommendations for and possibly even implementations of  
> how to bridge useful information that is provided using standards  
> created by non-W3C organizations and communities to the Semantic Web.  
>  It seems to me that perhaps we are going to need a number of similar  
> gateways to be established permanently for other URI schemes like  
> Handle DOIs[3], Oasis XRIs[4] as well as non-URI  based identifier  
> schemes which provide named bytes and metadata that is or can be  
> transformed to RDF.  In particular a gateway to the DOI system would  
> be useful to us at this time because it is widely adopted in the  
> scientific publishing community and we need a means to uniquely  
> identify a paper (and indeed an offset into that paper) for the  
> purposes of annotations stored  in our RDF backed systems.
> Kindest regards, Sean
> [1]  
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-semweb-lifesci/2006Jul/ 
> 0213.html
> [2] http://lsid-info.org/
> [3] http://www.doi.org/
> [4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extensible_Resource_Identifier
> =
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