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Updated GeoSpecies Data Set 1,765,790 Triples

From: Peter DeVries <pete.devries@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 16:10:48 -0500
Message-ID: <3833bf630910291410w167ee037hffd08a2cf2f822fb@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-lod@w3.org
I have updated the GeoSpecies data set.

You can read about it here:


You can browse it here:


The RDF dump can be obtained here:

Here is the new RDF dump

http://lod.geospecies.org/geospecies.rdf.tar.gz   (1,765,790 Triples)

The data set currently contains information and linked data for: 15,862
Species, 1,291 Familes, 206 Orders. We have approximately 6,500 species
observations, but are awaiting release on the majority of those. The current
data set includes 12 sample observation records with geo and geonames links.
There is also a growing number of GeoSpecies annotated articles and
presentations in the bibtex and bibio vocabularies. The knowledge base is
currently linked to DBpedia, Freebase, Bio2RDF, Uniprot, uBio data sources,
and uses some of the umbel subject concepts. See the projects page
information on proper attribution. Until they have been fully documented,
the bulk of the observation records are not currently available.

I have attempted to link to dbpedia, bio2rdf, uniprot and freebase when
possible using skos:closeMatch. Of the 15,862 species, 5,684 are linked to
dbpedia and wikipedia, 8,948 are linked to bio2rdf and uniprot. There are
also foaf:isPrimaryTopicOf links to 8,910 Wikispecies pages. Similar
linkages are made at the other taxonomic levels of kingdom, phylum, class,
order and family.

Here the the page for the Silver-bordered Fritillary Butterfly Boloria
selene Denis and Schiffermuller 1775


The "entity" is


The RDF is


The levels above species and family are in XHTML with RDFa, but also have a
straight RDF representation.

Order Carnivora


RDF version


This page has some example SPARQL queries.

You can find the ontology documentation here:

It is mainly a vocabulary, since I have had trouble getting all the related
ontologies to play well together.

The SPARQL query examples will work as described on the RDF dataset without
the ontology.

This is only a fraction of the world's species but it includes all the
world's Mammals, and North American Birds.

I will be working to improve the data set's depth, breadth and linkages
overtime, and would appreciate any comments or suggestions :-)

My long term plan is to also add biologically relevant assertions to allow
useful semantic queries about species.

I have started to add state and county level records from the USDA Plants
dataset for Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota.

In addition, I have started to make links between habitats and species.

- Pete
Pete DeVries
Department of Entomology
University of Wisconsin - Madison
445 Russell Laboratories
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
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