[API-users] Missing Id field for taxonomic levels (genus, family, class, order, phylum)

Juan M. Escamilla Molgora j.escamillamolgora at lancaster.ac.uk
Mon Apr 4 17:36:21 CEST 2016

Dear API users,

I'm developing a software tool for managing taxonomic information within 
a given area. This for (re)building community assemblages based on the 
data provided by GBIF.  I need to have the global Id key for all the 
taxonomic levels but so far I haven't found the way for making the API 
to include these fields, it only gives me the names (strings) and I want 
an integer.

Can you throw me some light on the needed http request ? Or, Is it 
possible at all?

Thank you for your time,

Best wishes,


On 04/04/16 15:56, Christian Gendreau wrote:
> Dear API users,
> Based on the recommendations from the GBIF Data Fitness for Use in 
> Distribution Modelling group and user feedback, the GBIF Informatics 
> team decided to apply some changes to the GBIF API for the 
> occurrences[1] response. We decided to deprecate the field 
> "coordinateAccuracy" in favor of the DarwinCore terms based fields 
> "coordinateUncertaintyInMeters"[2] and "coordinatePrecision"[3] as 
> provided(see details below) by the data publishers.
> The JSON response will remain the same structure except:
> - coordinateAccuracy will never be found since it will be null and 
> null values are not provided explicitly (same as the current behaviour 
> for most records)
> - coordinateUncertaintyInMeters and coordinatePrecision will be 
> included (example: coordinateUncertaintyInMeters: 1000, 
> coordinatePrecision: 0.0001)
> These changes should not break existing applications using the JSON 
> API, and therefore as a non breaking change can be included in the V1 
> of our API as an enhancement.
> Details:
> -coordinateUncertaintyInMeters:
> DarwinCore definition: "The horizontal distance (in meters) from the 
> given decimalLatitude and decimalLongitude describing the smallest 
> circle containing the whole of the Location. Leave the value empty if 
> the uncertainty is unknown, cannot be estimated, or is not applicable 
> (because there are no coordinates). Zero is not a valid value for this 
> term."
> GBIF comment: double, must be greater and not equals to 0 and lower 
> than 5000000 (5000 km), as provided by data publishers with unit 
> stripped (if the value is provided in imperial, conversion will be 
> applied), related issue 
> -coordinatePrecision:
> DarwinCore definition: "A decimal representation of the precision of 
> the coordinates given in the decimalLatitude and decimalLongitude."
> GBIF comment: double, must be between 0 and 1, elated occurrence issue 
> We expect the changes to be available next week (between 11-15 April 
> 2016).
> The GBIF Informatics team
> ----
> [1] http://www.gbif.org/developer/occurrence
> [2] http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/coordinateUncertaintyInMeters
> [3] http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/coordinatePrecision
> GBIF Issue tracking reference: http://dev.gbif.org/issues/browse/POR-2795
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