[Taxacom] Habitat classifications?

Peter DeVries pete.devries at gmail.com
Thu Mar 17 01:00:07 CDT 2011

Hi Tony,

The BBC also has habitat classifications in their wo ontology.

I looked into this a while ago and there are a lot of different
classifications available. I had started to lean toward some of those that
are available as GIS layers since you could incorporate them into a
knowledge base relatively easily.

Going back to my idea of geo areas, one could annotate the different areas
to one or more habitat classification scheme relatively easily using the GPS

Too little time, so much data :-)

- Pete

On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 10:21 PM, <Tony.Rees at csiro.au> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am interested in extending the habitat classification presently used in
> my IRMNG genera and species database from the present "very basic"
> (marine/nonmarine/both) to something a bit more detailed - maybe marine,
> freshwater, terrestrial with up to perhaps a dozen or so subcategories of
> each, as appropriate (e.g. end up with a little nested hierarchy of maybe
> 30-50 terms total).
> So, I am looking for suggestions of such classifications as may already be
> in use in order to either pick one up more or less unchanged, or develop
> something with the best features of several. For example I am familiar with
> the following off the top of my head:
> http://sn2000.taxonomy.nl/SyntaxHabitat.htm - 23 terms, coverage a bit
> uneven
> http://mave.tweakdsl.nl/tn/syntax.html - scroll down to the section headed
> "% HABITAT"   -- 56 terms, looks quite useable.
> Something like the EUNIS classification e.g. as accessible via
> http://eunis.eea.europa.eu/habitats-code-browser.jsp   possibly gets too
> detailed too quickly at this time for my needs, but you never know what may
> end up being of value.
> If list persons can point me at any other resources worth looking at, or
> comment on details of the above, I would be very appreciative. It also
> occurs to me that some people may have been through this exercise
> previously, e.g. for "species / structured descriptive data" purposes, so
> any pointers to the results of those deliberations would also be useful.
> Thanks in advance,
> Tony Rees
> Manager, Divisional Data Centre,
> CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research,
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Pete DeVries
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University of Wisconsin - Madison
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