[API-users] Error 503 with Species Web Service

Markus Döring mdoering at gbif.org
Tue Jul 8 10:44:58 CEST 2014

Hi Shayne,
I am sorry you experienced this error. It appears to have happened during a short system outage we had recently. 
The species URL you gave does work fine now.

This is a rather unusual thing and I hope you do not encounter this problem often. If it is a crucial piece of your system you could consider adding retries after failures or processing failed ids in a second run. If you hit a 503 error it is very likely that our entire API is down though (some seconds to a few minutes), so putting your script to sleep for a short time would be good.

Hope it all works fine for you now. 
Please let us know is you still encounter problems!


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

On 07 Jul 2014, at 23:55, Urbanowski, Shayne <surbanowski at usgs.gov> wrote:

> Hello-
> I have a list of 348782 taxonKeys for which I need the canonicalName. I'm using the species web service (http://api.gbif.org/v0.9/species) within a script to get this data.  The web service works well for the first 3000 or 4000 records and then throws the following error.  Can you assist me in resolving (or working around) this issue.  The list of taxonKeys is posted at: ftp://bison.ornl.gov/pub/bison/out/outspecies1of2.txt
> http://api.gbif.org/v0.9/species/5278064
> Error 503 Service Unavailable
> Service Unavailable
> Guru Meditation:
> XID: 1016539404
> Varnish cache server
> Thanks in advance,
> -- 
> Shayne Urbanowski
> surbanowski at usgs.gov
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