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Re: Guerilla science: what can we do in 10 days?

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2009 10:42:53 -0400
Message-ID: <4A1AAE6D.60507@openlinksw.com>
To: joel sachs <jsachs@csee.umbc.edu>
CC: public-lod@w3.org, taxacom@mailman.nhm.ku.edu
joel sachs wrote:
> Toby,
>
> This is awesome. We can combine this data (conservation status of 
> 46,600 species) with the Biological Inventories of the World's 
> Protected Areas [1] to, for example, query for the vulnerable species 
> in each park.
>
> PREFIX purl: <http://purl.org/NET/biol/ns#>
> PREFIX life: <http://life.buzzword.org.uk/2009/terms/vocab#>
> PREFIX lifeCat: <http://life.buzzword.org.uk/2009/terms/categories#>
> PREFIX bioinv: <http://bioinventory.ice.ucdavis.edu/2009/elements#>
>
> SELECT DISTINCT ?population ?occurrence
> WHERE {
>             ?population life:assessment ?assessment .
>             ?assessment life:assessmentCategory lifeCat:VU .
>             ?population life:definingTaxonomy ?x .
>             ?x purl:name ?y .
>             ?occurrence bioinv:latin_name ?y .
> }
>
> Of greater significance, we can determine which species of concern are 
> not protected in any park. And the IUCN data should be of high utility 
> in citizen science monitoring.
>
> Note that the above query is matching on scientific name, an imprecise 
> heuristic. The Bioinventories database has ITIS TSNs for many, but not 
> close to all, occurrence records. We can use the new ITIS web service 
> [2], or maybe the SPARQL endpoint [3] to Allan Hollander's species 
> resolver [4] to get TSNs for the IUCN data. Matching on TSNs could 
> then be the first thing we try. When that fails, we can try to match 
> on scientific name + authorship.
>
> My guess is that even in the best of possible LSID worlds, there will 
> always be cases where heuristic approaches will be necessary for 
> determining species matches.
>
> A couple of other things:
>
> 1. Have you considered putting the species name inside the URLs for 
> the pages? This would simplify human interaction with the data; would 
> there be a downside?
>
> 2. I notice that the URI
> http://life.buzzword.org.uk/2009/terms/categories#assessment
> does not yet exist. This, of course, does not preclude us from using 
> it in data and queries. To me, this nicely illustrates that a URI can 
> abdicate one responsibility (resolution mechanism), while still 
> performing another (vocabulary term).
>
> Sincerely,
> Joel.
>
> 1. http://bioinventory.ice.ucdavis.edu/rdf/ , records undergoing change.
> 2. http://www.itis.gov/ITISWebService/
> 3. http://ecoinfo.ice.ucdavis.edu/taxa/sparql
> 4. e.g. http://ecoinfo.ice.ucdavis.edu/taxa/Gorilla_gorilla
Joel,

You have a nice collection of RDF based data that should be added to the 
data sets collection at:

http://esw.w3.org/topic/DataSetRDFDumps




Kingsley
>
>
>
> On Thu, 21 May 2009, Toby A Inkster wrote:
>
>> On 21 May 2009, at 20:03, joel sachs wrote:
>>
>>> I'm mainly hoping for pointers to biodiversity data in RDF
>>
>>
>> About a month ago I started an experiment in converting the IUCN Red 
>> List to RDF. The IUCN's data licensing policies are not entirely 
>> clear, and I've not been able to get a good answer from them as to 
>> whether this is OK, so until I hear differently, this data and the 
>> URLs used should be considered unstable. (If anyone here has contacts 
>> within IUCN who could clarify things, I'd love to hear from them.)
>>
>> Anyway, this URL represents the population of Western Gorillas:
>>
>>     http://life.buzzword.org.uk/2009/populations/9404#population
>>
>> The species is:
>>
>>     http://life.buzzword.org.uk/2009/populations/9404#taxonomy
>>
>> And their IUCN assessment is:
>>
>>     http://life.buzzword.org.uk/2009/populations/9404#assessment
>>
>> -- 
>> Toby A Inkster
>> <mailto:mail@tobyinkster.co.uk>
>> <http://tobyinkster.co.uk>
>>
>>
>
>


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