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CETAF ISTC Stable Identifier Initiative - Geneva Meeting

October 12, 2015, 9:00 - 17:00

Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève


Meeting rooms: La Console – 192 Rue de Lausanne, Geneva

Villa le Chêne (reception building) – in the centre of the Garden – access via the main entrance at Place Albert-Thomas (near the bus stop “Jardin botanique” and opposite the World Trade Organisation).

Getting here

Bus nos. 1 & 25 (via the main station), Bus no. 28 (from the airport) – stop “Jardin botanique.”

Participating CETAF member institutions

  • Berlin - BGBM
  • Paris
  • Edinburgh
  • KEW
  • Berlin - MfN
  • Vienna
  • Stockholm
  • Geneva
  • ...

Expected outcome

Agree on clear implementation steps to be taken by participating partners until the spring 2016 CETAF general meeting and ISTC meeting.

Potential implementation steps:

  • LOD catalogue functions.
  • Ensuring that biodiversity portals such as GBIF link appropriately to specimen-URIs provided by CETAF institutions.
  • Improving LOD capabilities by harmonizing RDF metadata and linking out to external information resources (e.g. persons, geographic features, scientific names).
  • ...

Draft agenda

  • Welcome / introduction /scope
  • State of the play: each member summarises the state of identifier implementations in their institution (<= 5' per presentation)
  • The Wallich Catalogue project: a potential target use case showing the potential of HTTP-URI identifiers for specimens (Roger Hyam).
  • A tool to propagate identifiers into remote datasets (Nicky Nicolson)
  • Discussion 1: can we identify and agree on targets / use cases which i) can be achieved within 6 months and ii) nicely demonstrate the potential of HTTP-URIs and LOD?
  • Discussion 2: What's needed to achieve agreed target(s)?
  • Discussion 3: Agree on roadmap and homework for each partner.
  • Summary



  • Dominik Röpert (Berlin - BGBM)
  • Anton Güntsch (Berlin - BGBM)
  • Falko Glöckner (Berlin - MfN)
  • Thomas Pfuhl (Berlin - MfN)
  • Roger Hyam (Edinburgh)
  • Ernst Vitek (Vienna)
  • Simon Chagnoux (Paris)
  • Thierry Bourgoin (Paris)
  • Apologies: Nichy Nicholson (Kew)


  • BGBM, MNHN, RBGE, and MfN gave an update on their existing implementations of HTTP-URI identifiers.
  • All implementations provide working fully functional redirection mechanisms for both human-readable and machine-readable representations of physical collection objects.
  • Each of the institutions publish the identifiers prominently on their respective collection data portals.
  • The BGBM demonstrated that (if properly mapped via the BioCASE provider software) the identifiers are correctly displayed on the GBIF portal. In addition the BGBM implemented a RDF-sitemap function which provides a central access point for data aggregators.
  • RBGE presented the "Wallich Catalogue Project" which builds an interactive website helping researchers understand the Wallich Catalogue* and interpret the herbarium specimens Nathaniel Wallich distributed on behalf of the British East India Company between 1829 and 1847 ( The system links to specimens held by distributed collection institutions via HTTP-URIs.
  • It was agreed that
    • The Wallich Catalogue provides an excellent use case for demonstrating the usefullness of HTTP-URIs and Linked Open Data.
    • The CETAF ISTC identifier initiative should align their activities to improve the LoD-capabilities of the Wallich Catalogue and results should be presented at the General Meeting in Budapest (May 2016).
    • A minimal set of agreed (RDF) elements implemented consistently accross CETAF organisations would greatly help to facilitate preview functions in portals. The ISTC should make the specification of such a minimal set a priority.
    • The implementation of RDF-sitemap functions is not a priority because existing DwC-Archives can be used by aggregator systems for retrieving complete lists of HTTP-URIs published by institutions.


  • To agree on a "CETAF Specimen Prview Profile" (CSPP).
  • To implement the CSPP accross members of the ISTC identifier initiative.
  • To register members of the ISTC identifier iniative together with links to their implementations prominently on the CETAF website.
  • To demonstrate the usefullness of the CETAF identifier system using the Wallich Catalogue use case.

Draft CETAF Specimen Preview Profile (CSPP)

Roadmap until spring 2016

Medium-term objectives