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ready Taxonomic Concept transfer Schema

Abbreviation: TCS

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The development of an abstract model for a taxonomic concept, which can capture the various models represented and understood by the various data providers, is central to this project. This model is presented as an XML schema document that is proposed as a standard to allow exchange of data between different data models. It aims to capture data as understood by the data owners without distortion, and facilitate the query of different data resources according to the common schema model. The TCS schema was conceived to allow the representation of taxonomic concepts as defined in published taxonomic classifications, revisions and databases. As such, it specifies the structure for XML documents to be used for the transfer of defined concepts. Valid transfer documents may either explicitly detail the defining components of taxon concepts, transfer GUIDs referring to defined taxon concepts (if and when these are available) or a mixture of the two.


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Created in 2005

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How to cite this record TCS; Taxonomic Concept transfer Schema; DOI:; Last edited: Jan. 8, 2019, 1:27 p.m.; Last accessed: Oct 19 2021 1:44 p.m.

Record updated: July 24, 2016, 7:47 p.m. by The FAIRsharing Team.



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A common registration-to-publication automated pipeline for nomenclatural acts for higher plants (International Plant Names Index, IPNI), fungi (Index Fungorum, MycoBank) and animals (ZooBank).

Penev L,Paton A,Nicolson N,Kirk P,Pyle RL,Whitton R,Georgiev T,Barker C,Hopkins C,Robert V,Biserkov J,Stoev P
Zookeys 2016

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Scratchpads are an online virtual research environment for biodiversity for the sharing of data and the creation of specific research networks. Sites can focus on specific taxonomic groups, the biodiversity of a biogeographic region, or any aspect of natural history. Scratchpads are also suitable for societies or for managing and presenting projects.

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