[API-users] Is there a GBIF specific LSID that can be used?

Markus Döring mdoering at gbif.org
Mon Aug 18 11:44:50 CEST 2014

Hello Geoff,

GBIF uses simples integers as taxon identifiers, for example 2396049 for Ecsenius bicolor.
These ids are stable, but obviously not globally unique. If you need a URI right now I would recommend for now to use our restful portal URL:

For the future I could imagine us assigning DOIs to taxa reusing the current integer ids, but that has to be carefully evaluated first. 
Would a taxon DOI be a valuable feature for you?


Markus Döring
Software Developer
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
mdoering at gbif.org

On 05 Aug 2014, at 05:17, Geoff Shuetrim <geoff at galexy.net> wrote:

> Working with a range of web services, I have found myself making extensive use of the LSIDs that are specific to each data source.  For example, for ITIS, I use the Ecsenius bicolor LSID: urn:lsid:itis.gov:itis_tsn:636326
> For WoRMS, the LSID for Ecsenius bicolor is: urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:277652
> For Atlas of living Australia the LSID for Ecsenius bicolor is:
> urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:99c29e7c-5b04-4e57-8e6b-82aa442a801a
> Is there a GBIF LSID that can similarly be used as a unique identifier for a taxon? I have come across the various GBIF unique keys but these are not unique outside of the GBIF environment and within the Gaia Guide systems I am deciding how best to work with these, ensuring their uniqueness, alongside identifiers from other data sources.
> Thanks again for your assistance.
> Geoff Shuetrim
> Gaia Guide Association
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