Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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A community platform for the development and documentation of the ABCD standard
Jana Hoffmann

Building: Elmia Congress Centre, Jönköping
Room: Rum 10
Date: 2014-10-29 09:15 AM – 09:30 AM
Last modified: 2014-10-03


ABCD (Access to Biological Collection Data) is an international standard for the exchange of biological collection and observation data. Development started in 2001; in 2005 it was ratified as an XML schema as TDWG standard (Biodiversity Information Standards). From the outset the ABCD development was based on an XML schema and the documentation of individual concepts is represented as XML annotations. New ABCD-versions are created periodically by consolidating and integrating user requirements collected by the coordination team at the BGBM. This method was effective in the first decade of the ABCD development. However, due to a growing and diversifying user community and the introduction of semantic technologies it is reaching certain limits. The ABCD concepts are arranged hierarchically and are referenced by their xpath from the root node. A direct use in the Semantic Web is therefore not possible. The proposed project aims to develop a platform that provides ABCD concepts in a machine-readable form, together with a versioned documentation. The dependency of the ABCD concepts from an XML schema will be resolved and the concepts will be provided as an ontology for the Semantic Web. The version 3.0 of the ABCD standards will include the concepts developed by various domain specific extensions and will be made available both as an XML schema and as an ontology in the Semantic Web.