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.
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)
- Current - meaning the concept is considered up-to-date and will be accepted in data
- Deprecated - meaning the concept will be accepted in data but may be rejected in the near future
- 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.