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TaxonConcept Knowledge Base

Species are known by many different names. The TaxonConcept Knowledge Base provides informative Linked Open Data URI's for species concepts that improve the quality and stability of links between a species and data about that species. There are currently 105,501 species concepts and a and 1,000 records for species occurrences. There are also a few examples of references, and image galleries. I have added links below for an insect, mammal, bird and tree to serve as examples of the interlinking etc. The occurrence records are interlinked with GeoNames.

A species can have several different classifications, for instance it's classification in NCBI and DBpedia, are different. To allow multiple classifications, the species model is separate from any specific classification. However many want these two aspects connected together. To make this easy, I have created an additional owl:sameAs RDF dump file which makes the #Taxonomy the same as the #Species. This is particularly useful for browsing SPARQL query results with Microsoft Pivot. In addition, it is also possible to create similar mapping files that can be used to tie the species to alternative classifications.

As of February 8th, I have made some changes in my vocabulary that are live but not completely synced with the RDF dump version. I will note here when the RDF dump is updated.

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Author Peter J. DeVries University of Wisconsin-Madison
Maintainer Peter J. DeVries
Version 2012.02.08
Last Updated July 30, 2016, 07:52 (UTC)
Created September 2, 2010, 12:22 (UTC)
bioimages 1000
link:geonames 585666
links:bbc-wildlife-finder 318
links:bio2rdf 43889
links:dbpedia 147877
links:eunis 8300
links:fishes-of-texas 611
links:freebase 18743
links:geospecies 17814
links:gni 100000
links:opencyc 26
links:umbel 9
links:uniprot 43919
shortname TaxonConcept
triples 14308275
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