[API-users] Why is the downloads interface different than other occurrence endpoints?

Markus Döring mdoering at gbif.org
Mon Sep 29 18:34:35 CEST 2014

Hi Scott,

the download interface enables more complex queries with any kind of logical nesting similar to SQL clauses. Currently we do not actually make use of the possible complexity of download filters, but the initial design considered it.
Personally I agree it would be nicer if the searhc and download interface would use the same filter definitions. We actually recognized this over a year ago but never had resources to address the discrepancy. Feel free to add comments:


On 29 Sep 2014, at 18:11, Scott Chamberlain <myrmecocystus at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi!
> I'm curious why the occurrence/download/ endpoint has a different interface than the other occurrence endpoints (occurrence/search).  I ask because I work on the R client rgbif, and it would be nice to provide the same exact interface to users whether they are getting JSON data or spinning up a download.  However, the query interfaces are quite different.  This isn't a big deal, as I can make both occurrence/download and occurrence/search endpoints  as similar as possible for users despite them being different internally. 
> Thanks! 
> Scott Chamberlain
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