[tdwg-tapir] Role of TAPIR in Architecture Diagram

Roger Hyam roger at tdwg.org
Thu Mar 8 11:33:52 CET 2007

Thanks Renato,

I hope that one day everyone will be mapping at least some of their  
data to the ontology but in the mean time I think there will be a  
hybrid world. The immediate way forward does seem clearer now though.

Good point about the query templates. I'll add them to my other  
version of the diagram. They are more protocol related than semantics  
related I guess. I am trying to keep things as simple as possible and  
don't want to add the additional explanation on this one.

All the best,


On 6 Mar 2007, at 11:47, Renato De Giovanni wrote:

> Hi Roger,
> In case providers map their databases using DarwinCore, ABCD or other
> similar standard, there will be no need to define concepts from the
> ontology. It will just be necessary to prepare the output models that
> will produce the desired XML output (in this case based on the
> "avowed structures").
> Ideally, I think things should be the other way around - everybody
> mapping the same ontology concepts and then getting the outputs in
> the desired format - in this case it wouldn't be necessary to have
> concepts based on the XML Schemas. But I'm not sure if we're fully
> aware of all implications of using concepts from a real ontology, so
> it may be more realistic in this moment to assume that providers will
> make use of the "traditional" concepts.
> One minor thing about the diagram is that you could add another layer
> called "TAPIR Query Templates" on top of output models, since this is
> what will really be used for things like LSID resolution (combining
> output models with parameterised filters).
> Best Regards,
> --
> Renato
> On 5 Mar 2007 at 14:47, Roger Hyam wrote:
>> Hi Folks,
>> I have been doing some work on the TAG wiki pages and tutorial
>> material for explaining how the TDWG Standards Architecture works.
>> As part of that I have produced a single summary diagram. This
>> contains some of what we talked about at the TAPIR developers meeting
>> so I thought I would run it past the TAPIR list to see if it fits
>> with the TAPIR world view.
>> http://wiki.tdwg.org/twiki/bin/view/TAG/WebHome
>> I'd be grateful for your thoughts on this diagram. What would make it
>> clearer? Where are the mistakes.
>> Many thanks,
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