[tdwg-tag] NCBI taxonomy in RDF

Soaring Bear soaringbear at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 11 20:37:45 CEST 2009

A big caveat about the plants section of NCBI taxonomy is that they chose (for genetic reasons) to use the quite incomplete APG system instead of the more universally used Chronquist system.  More about the differences at:

Soaring Bear Ph.D. Pharmacology  soaringbear at yahoo.com



author of http://HerbMed.org & http://HerbInsight.com

--- On Sat, 7/11/09, Roderic Page <r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk> wrote:

I've been playing with expressing the NCBI taxonomy in TDWG RDF. The  
results are described at http://iphylo.blogspot.com/2009/07/ncbi-rdf.html 
  (see also http://iphylo.blogspot.com/2009/07/ncbi-taxonomy-tdwg-vocabularies-and-rdf.html 
  for some background).

It's still incomplete (I've not put links up and down the tree yet),  
but for now the focus is on expressing links to nomenclators that  
support LSIDs (such as IPNI and Index Fungorum) so that I can annotate  
the NCBI taxonomy via SPARQL queries.

One minor comment, the property "rankString" has been deprecated  
(apparently), but it makes sense to retain this as there may well be  
ranks that a classification has that aren't in the TDWG vocabulary.  
Hence, I'd be keen for this NOT to be deprecated.



Roderic Page
Professor of Taxonomy
Graham Kerr Building
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK

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