[Taxacom] BioNames

Roderic Page r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
Mon Jun 3 08:24:32 CDT 2013

Hi Erik,

Sorry for the delay in replying. I need to do a bit of work on this, but for now there are a coupe of ways to get the data.

1. There is a crude Darwin Core Archive dump at http://bionames.org/data/darwincore/bionames.zip (warning, ~144 Mb) This has names, references, and map between names and reference.

2. The site is driven by an API, so to get JSON for an item you basically go:

http://bionames.org/api/id/<id of thing>

For example 




I hope to make this more obvious by adding buttons on the web pages, and also support other formats people my be interested in.

Hope this helps.



On 2 Jun 2013, at 14:12, Erik Rijkers wrote:

>> This is not rocket science.
>  As you undoubtedly know, it's quite feasible
> nowadays to slurp billions of rows into a local
> database, even on laptop hardware.
> Therefore: is there any chance you could  make links
> available as downloadable files (or whatever
> machine-readable/ -parsable format causes you
> least trouble)?
>  I for one would be delighted to be able to /locally/ play
> with datasets like these.
> Thanks
> Erik Rijkers

Roderic Page
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