Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Plinian Core profiles: Facilitating the documentation and access to biological information of exotic and invasive species
Leonardo Buitrago, Nestor Beltran, Marcela Delgado, Valerie Dean, Dairo Escobar

Building: Computer Science
Room: Computer Science 3
Date: 2016-12-09 09:15 AM – 09:30 AM
Last modified: 2016-10-16


The Plinian Core (PliC; https://github.com/PlinianCore/Documentation/wiki/About) offers a number of concepts that can describe a particular taxon and in the same way provides an aggregation of taxa that could share certain characteristics. As a part of a project with a group of specialized researchers working on identification and categorization of exotic and invasive species, the principal attributes to describe these taxa were documented. Researchers also were involved in improving the standard definitions and terms used to describe taxa with potential or existing extinction risk, in order to facilitate the assessment of a category of national threat status. As a result, 22 elements of the PliC were identified as mandatory to document information about exotic and invasive species; moreover for the assessment of extinction species risk, 26 PliC attributes were also identified. The outcome was consolidated in two guides (one for threatened and one for invasive species) that will acquaint researchers not only with the standard but with the guidelines to build taxon pages of threatened and invasive species. Currently these guides are in the process of formal publication as working papers, so they may be easily consulted in physical format and accessible online. The work carried out to obtain this specific application of the PliC demonstrates the collaboration inside a community of experts that can be adopted to integrate and validate information of any particular group of taxa. These application profiles are a clear example of the functionality and scope of the Plinian Core.