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January 21, 2010

Taxonomic Solutions

The idea of organizing the Biological Station taxonomic information from scratch is over-whelming and crazy. This post will follow web services specifically related to the classification of species.

- Tree of Life web services returns an xml form.
- Encylopedia of Life (no relation) services.
- Gloval Biodiversity Information Facility, with EOL, offers web services: http://data.gbif.org/ws/

A bit of further digging has turned up two modules that are not fully developed but appear to hold promise:

The CDM Data Portal module is capable of getting information from servers that share the Common Data Model. This module appears to have basic content type information for taxonomic purposes. However, it appears to be available for Drupal 5 only.

There is also the Darwin Core Specimen and Location module which gives you a location content type and a specimen content type when installed. I tried this module out and promptly found a bug but it will be interesting to see where this goes. Rather useless tutorials can be found here and the latest version of the source code appear to be here.

These two GBIF websites also appear helpful. A list of extensions and downloadable vocabularies.

Here's a portal website to a few demonstration sites for the CDM module.

Posted by kkwaiser at January 21, 2010 10:04 AM

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