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Overview of the BioData Taxonomic System

Current Versions of the BioData Taxonomy

Community

CSV

Tab-delimited (TSV)

Excel 97/03

Excel 07

XML

Fish

CSV

TSV

Excel 97/03

Excel 07

XML

Invertebrate

CSV

TSV

Excel 97/03

Excel 07

XML

Algae

CSV

TSV

Excel 97/03

Excel 07

XML

Complete BioData Taxonomy (includes current, deprecated, and retired taxa)

Previous Version of the BioData Taxonomy ( Fish | Invertebrate | Algae )

Naming Conventions for Conditional and Provisional Taxa

Citations used in BioData Taxonomy

This download includes all the Bench Taxon Name Reference Codes and their complete citations

Community

CSV

Tab-delimited (TSV)

Excel 97/03

Excel 07

XML

Invertebrates

CSV

TSV

Excel 97/03

Excel 07

XML

Background

There are three important attributes (columns) that establish a taxon's identity (the "Taxon Concept") and whether the taxon is acceptable to the system for a data upload.

  1. BenchTaxonName
  2. BenchTaxonNameReferenceCode
  3. TaxonConceptState

BioData uses the combination of BenchTaxonName and the "according to" BenchTaxonNameReferenceCode to establish the identity of a taxon. Each combination of name and reference code defines a distinct Taxon Concept. A concept that does not have a reference code is a "nominal" concept. BioData accepts many of these types of concepts, but the long-term value of data can be significantly enhanced by proper usage of a referenced concept.

Taxon Concepts can have one of three states (TaxonConceptState)

  1. Current - meaning the concept is considered up-to-date and will be accepted in data
  2. Deprecated - meaning the concept will be accepted in data but may be rejected in the near future
  3. Retired - meaning the concept has been retired from use and will be rejected if used for incoming data

For more information please see the BioData Taxonomic System page.

Download format definitions

  • CSV = Comma-separated values or comma delimited
  • Tab-delimited (TSV) = Tab-separated values or tab delimited
  • Excel 97/03 = Format used in Microsoft Excel 97- Excel 2003 workbooks, extension is .xls
  • Excel 07 = Format used in Microsoft Excel 2007 - present workbooks, extension is .xlsx

  • XML = Extensible Markup Language
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