[Tdwg-guid] Which TCS/RDF?

"Döring, Markus" m.doering at BGBM.org
Thu Sep 28 11:10:32 CEST 2006

I was wondering if the LSID specs require you to return RDF/XML. Could a service also return (or even request?) Turtle, N-Triple, RDFa or whatever comes next year?

It would be costly to switch formats using a templating system, so I am just curious.


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From: tdwg-guid-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:tdwg-guid-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Steve Perry
Sent: Dienstag, 26. September 2006 18:12
To: peter.hollas at thomson.com
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Subject: Re: [Tdwg-guid] Which TCS/RDF?

Hi Peter,

I was just writing a response to your question about Jena, but I'll 
scrap it now.  Unfortunately there's no standard representation for TCS 
in RDF at this time.  Hopefully there will be one in the near future. 

Jena is well suited to consuming RDF metadata, but I agree with you that 
it's a bit heavyweight if all you want to do is produce many instances 
of a single class.

Visualizing the problem as one of templating and using Spring MVC is a 
neat approach.  I use Spring mostly for dependency injection and hadn't 
considered that it might be used to isolate this kind of software from 
changes in the schema.


peter.hollas at thomson.com wrote:
> Hi,
> Could someone advise on which TCS/RDF ontology would be the best to 
> implement for metadata coming from nomenclatural sources such as 
> ZooBank? I've yet to come across anything other than a TCS XML Schema 
> in public circulation.
> I've decided to do away with using the Jena API altogether for 
> returning metadata responses from ZooBank; it seems to be rather heavy 
> handed approach to returning what is basically a simple structured 
> text document. A much more flexible way to go is with a page 
> templating system, especially when the schemata are in constant flux. 
> A Spring Framework MVC/JSTL endpoint will allow for schemata changes 
> to be implemented without recompilation. The LSID metadata class will 
> just act as a façade/decorator to the templating system.
> Many thanks, Peter.
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