[API-users] Crawling paused and new taxonomic backbone

Alex Thompson godfoder at acis.ufl.edu
Mon Apr 25 17:07:16 CEST 2016

Do you all have any plans on updating the published backbone dataset?


- Alex

On 04/25/2016 10:51 AM, Tim Robertson wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am happy to let you know that the new backbone taxonomy has just 
> gone live.
> Real time indexing will be off until Wednesday morning CPH time (36hrs 
> from now) to allow us to roll back should any unforeseen issues spring 
> up.
> GBIF now have a mechanism in place to bring in changes to the backbone 
> taxonomy within weeks, as opposed to years.  We anticipate the next 
> deployment of the backbone taxonomy to be in around 12 weeks from now.
> Congratulations to all involved with this work.
> All the best,
> Tim
> On Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 7:18 AM, Tim Robertson <trobertson at gbif.org 
> <mailto:trobertson at gbif.org>> wrote:
>     Dear GBIF API users,
>     We are pleased to announce that we are preparing to move a new
>     taxonomic backbone into production.
>     This is the first revision of the backbone for quite some years,
>     which will bring the GBIF backbone up to date with latest data
>     sources, such as the Catalogue of Life 2016 (January edition)
>     along with fixes for the many issues you have reported since 2013.
>      You can read more about the backbone taxonomy rewriting on
>     http://gbif.blogspot.com/2016/04/updating-gbif-backbone.html
>     This requires some significant processing within the GBIF.org
>     system as we'll be rerunning all quality control routines on all
>     data - this means other improvements may also take effect across
>     older data.  While GBIF.org will remain operational to users
>     during this time, crawling will be paused.  We expect to start
>     this process today, and during next week the changes will be
>     visible in production, after which crawling will resume.
>     Thank you all for your patience, and providing the data, feedback
>     and submitting the issues that have allowed this.
>     We'll report here as changes come into effect.
>     More soon,
>     The GBIF dev team
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