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

Scott Chamberlain myrmecocystus at gmail.com
Mon Sep 29 18:44:55 CEST 2014

Hi Markus,

Thanks for the explanation!  I asked Tim on twitter, but in case he misses
the tweet: Is there a page that lists variable names to use for the
occurrence/download/ endpoint? They seem to differ from occurrence/search
endpoint. e.g. basisOfRecord in occurrence/search is BASIS_OF_RECORD in
occurrence/download. I found this page
with tests that lists some variable names.

Cheers, Scott

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 9:34 AM, Markus Döring <mdoering at gbif.org> wrote:

> 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:
> http://dev.gbif.org/issues/browse/POR-173
> Markus
> 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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