ALA-NSL Linked data services
Prototype services over Names, Taxa and References documented within the Australian Faunal Directory (AFD), the Australian Plant Name Index (APNI) and the Australian Plant Census (APC).
|Quick Start: Searching|
To find a name or accepted taxon by , construct a URL of the form:
For fuzzy matching and paramaterised searching, see
|Quick Start: Bulk Data|
The latest bulk output directory is http://biodiversity.org.au/dataexport/2012-07-16 .
|Quick Start: Sparql|
A sparql service is available athttp://biodiversity.org.au/sparql
A simple web interface for this service is athttp://biodiversity.org.au/dataexport/html/NSL_SPARQL.html
An attempt is made to use the TDWG vocabularies published at http://rs.tdwg.org/ontology in the hope that these outputs help to inform ongoing and collaborative evolution of an open 'TDWG ontology'. This means that we are not in a position to guarantee stability of the RDF, XML and HTML (especially the HTML) presented. In fact it would be wise to expect, or even request, our outputs from these services to change.
We will undertake to maintain the LSIDs, the abstract URIs and URLs for all data objects.
Please do your best to tear it apart.
More services are in the pipeline. There is active development of listing services for names, taxa and classifications. We will also add support for JSON and Darwin Core output and perhaps, where it makes sense to do so, ... even CSV.
Seven local collections are exposed at this time:
These namespaces are published as linked data using abstract URIs of the following form:
Three branch services are exposed:
These provide taxonomic trees. The afd and apc trees are our accepted taxonomies.
These services have URLs of the following form:
Formats are html, csv, xml, and json.
The branch service also takes three optional parameters:
There are currently two services based on name "strings":
A name lookup service to facilitate client access to name objects using URI of the form
A taxon name resolution service to current taxon, according to AFD/APC, for a given name using URI of the form
These name string URI also support content negiotiation but it should be noted that the naked URI is not a Resource Name. Name lookup can not be guaranteed to return a single object and the taxon name resolution may return entirely different taxa at different times.
Names are case sensitive. All AFD names above Genus currently use UPPER case.
A prototype generic search API employing lucene can be found at:
Content negotiation is supported for rdf+xml (based on TDWG lsid vocs), xml (TCS) and html
LSID equivalents for these URNs are also supported
The NSL classification service returns a "Branch" listing from node according to the classification (where available) from AFD or APC that places each treated name into the Current "NSL" tree at one location as either an accepted name or synonym.
Content negotiation supported by these services include .html, .csv and .json extensions.
Full OAI-PMH services are available
The TAPIR implementation based on the TCS schema has been removed.
IBIS 2009-07-01 Page last modified on Sep 28, 2012 00:12
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