[tdwg-tag] SpeciesIndex written up

Kevin Richards RichardsK at landcareresearch.co.nz
Tue Nov 4 23:21:53 CET 2008

Good stuff.

Having just attended the ISWC conference (http://iswc2008.semanticweb.org/) I am keen to push forward any new, simple approaches to getting biodiversity data on the web and available.  One interesting tutorial was the "How to published linked data" - see the presentation at
http://events.linkeddata.org/iswc2008tutorial/how-to-publish-linked-data-iswc2008-slides.pdf , which also mentions sitemaps.  One of the key things is to get RDF data linked into an existing data source, eg dbpedia (== structured wikipedia data).  So I am going to investigate dbpedia, wikispecies, etc to see if we can hook ourselves into the web data world, then we can SPARQL our way around the world of biodiversity data.  And at that point we should no longer have any need for harvesters/aggregators as the whole domain of biodiversity data will be available via the semantic web.

another interesting talk was about dbpedia mobile (http://wiki.dbpedia.org/DBpediaMobile), which allows the display of location based dbpedia data on a location aware mobile device - imagine what we could do with biodiversity data and dbpedia mobile!

ahh, the dreams


From: tdwg-tag-bounces at lists.tdwg.org [mailto:tdwg-tag-bounces at lists.tdwg.org] On Behalf Of Roger Hyam
Sent: Wednesday, 5 November 2008 5:28 a.m.
To: Technical Architecture Group mailing list
Subject: [tdwg-tag] SpeciesIndex written up

Hi All,

People made friendly noises after my talk on SpeciesIndexes at TDWG 2008 the other day so I thought I would flesh out the ideas on the TAG wiki. You can see them here:


and here


If you are looking for displacement activity or a revolution I'd be really grateful for your thoughts - either on the list or on the wiki pages. Some of this seems a little heretical to me as it is so simple.

Many thanks,


Roger Hyam
Roger at BiodiversityCollectionsIndex.org<mailto:Roger at BiodiversityCollectionsIndex.org>
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