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In order to make a change to the taxonomic system - even in minor ways - a new version must be published and the old versions is archived. Even if we just 'retire' a bench concept, a new version of the taxonomic system must be created and the previous version is archived. Taxonomic data that is retrieved from BioData always includes the version of the taxonomic system that was used to produce it.

Version Numbering System

A taxonomy version number will be in the form of xx.yy (e.g. 1.22, 3.1, 12.2, or 12.44)

  • The "x" component of the version number will be incremented when there is a major change as outlined below
  • The "y" component of the version number will be incremented when there is a minor change as outlined below

Major Changes (changes that can affect ongoing analysis)

  • Deletion, change (e.g. spelling correction), or Movement (e.g. associate a Family with a different Order) of a Published Name
  • Deletion, change (e.g. spelling correction), or Movement (e.g. associate a BioData Name with a different Published Name) of a BioData Name
  • Reassigning a Bench Concept to a different BioData Name.
  • Reassigning a BioData Name to a different Published Name.
  • Deletion, change or addition of an ITIS TSN
  • Deletion, change, or addition of a BioData Common Name
  • Addition or deletion of an ITIS TSN Match Code - since that would require the addition or deletion of the TSN
  • Toggling of the Hybrid Flag in either a BioData Name or Bench Concept
  • Deletion, change or addition of a BU_ID or NADEDID
  • Changing the Rank (e.g. change from Species to Subspecies) of a Published Name
  • Changing the Algae Group (e.g. green algae, red algae)

Minor Changes: (changes that will not affect ongoing analysis)

  • Addition of a totally NEW Bench Concept, BioData Name, or Published Name
  • Simple State change (e.g. deprecated to retired)
  • Deletion, change, or addition of a BioData Short Name
  • Deletion, change, or addition of an Authority to a Published Name
  • Toggling of the Provisional/Conditional Flag in either a BioData Name or Bench Concept
  • Change of an ITIS TSN Match Code
  • Deletion, change, or addition of the Comment associated with a Bench Concept

 

 
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