[tdwg-tag] Embedding specimen (and other) annotations in NeXML

Kevin Richards RichardsK at landcareresearch.co.nz
Mon Feb 23 20:26:29 CET 2009

Was this particular question answered?

"2) Is there a TDWG vocabulary (in RDF or OWL) that has a relation for
referring to a specimen record, or are you aware of another one that
has this?"

Is the Occurrence RDF vocab at http://rs.tdwg.org/ontology/voc/TaxonOccurrence what you are looking for?
I'm not sure I fully understood what you are after, but have a look and see if it matches your requirements.


-----Original Message-----
From: tdwg-tag-bounces at lists.tdwg.org [mailto:tdwg-tag-bounces at lists.tdwg.org] On Behalf Of Hilmar Lapp
Sent: Monday, 23 February 2009 11:04 a.m.
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Cc: Enrico Pontelli; Rutger A. Vos; Arlin Stoltzfus; nexml-discuss at lists.sourceforge.net; Brandon Chisham
Subject: [tdwg-tag] Embedding specimen (and other) annotations in NeXML

Hi Roger and everyone else involved in DwC and the core ontology,

in preparation for the upcoming hackathon [1] here we've worked our
way through a number of use-cases for attaching metadata to data
elements in NeXML [2] in a way that is semantically defined. The
results are here:


If you can take a critical look specifically at the section on
'Specimens within collections' (http://tinyurl.com/djdby3) that'd be

Specific questions related to that:
1) Is this using DarwinCore in a correct and/or sanctioned way?

2) Is there a TDWG vocabulary (in RDF or OWL) that has a relation for
referring to a specimen record, or are you aware of another one that
has this?

3) I could only find the XML schema for DarwinCore. Are there any
plans for (or did I miss the existence of) a corresponding ontology
defined in OWL or RDF, similar Dublin Core (which has a RDF ontology
at http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1 and DCterms ontology at http://purl.org/dc/terms)

4) It wasn't immediately clear how one would use the TDWG core
ontology for doing the same thing in RDF (or OWL) - is this ontology
supposed to be used yet, and are there usage examples, or does someone
have a recommendation for how one would write the same example using
the core ontology?

I know it's a rather tiny subset of DwC that we're using here but
that's only a start and one use-case.

Of course, any other feedback to or suggestions for this or any of the
other stuff on that page is welcome too!



[1] http://evoinfo.nescent.org/Database_Interop_Hackathon
[2] http://nexml.org

: Hilmar Lapp  -:-  Durham, NC  -:- hlapp at duke dot edu :

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