[API-users] Using GBIF api for a global insect family website

Bastiaan Wakkie bwakkie at syrphidae.com
Mon Jun 12 22:03:54 CEST 2017

Hi Markus,

Thanks for your answer. No problem, I will get my taxonomy from 
diptera.org the original source zoobank is using and as I understood 
gbif is using via zoobank (?). Yes I can imagine it would provide great 
complications assembling all different sources into one db :)

I really like the flickr connection in the new portal but how do you 
check the validity of names given to the media in flickr? I can imagine 
there could be a lot of mistakes, does gbif offer any correction back to 
the flickr media made by 'authorized persons/professionals/taxonomists'? 
How would the correction flow go? Via the source you used or could this 
be done via gbif?

thanks again!


On 06/12/2017 10:00 AM, Markus Döring wrote:
> Hi Bastiaan,
> the GBIF Backbone only has the major Linnean ranks, i.e. a genus is 
> attached to the family directly and there is no subfamily, tribe or 
> subgenus. As we assemble the taxonomy by code from lots of different 
> sources this would yield a very inconsistent taxonomy otherwise.
> Best,
> Markus
>> On 11. Jun 2017, at 10:13, Bastiaan Wakkie <bwakkie at syrphidae.com 
>> <mailto:bwakkie at syrphidae.com>> wrote:
>> Hi Markus,
>> Thank you for the information!
>> I got the backbone and was fiddling around. Is SUBFAMILY, TRIBUS AND 
>> GUBGENUS etc. left out on purpose? I presumed actually this was in de 
>> db so created a recursive sql:
>> fulltree(id,parent_key,is_synonym,level,rank,scientific_name,path) AS (
>>    SELECT id, parent_key, is_synonym, 1 as level,rank, 
>> scientific_name, scientific_name||'' as path from backbone where 
>> parent_key = 6920
>>    SELECT b.id, b.parent_key, b.is_synonym, ft.level+1 as 
>> level,b.rank, b.scientific_name, ft.path||' / '||b.scientific_name as path
>>    from backbone b, fulltree ft where b.parent_key = ft.id
>> )
>> SELECT * from fulltree order by path
>> But as GENUS falls directly under FAMILY I received just an alphabetic 
>> list. Am I doing something wrong here? I might just miss the db 
>> concept... or is there a more detailed db which includes more ranks 
>> between Family and Genus/Specie?
>> kind regards,
>> Bastiaan
>> On 05/31/2017 01:44 PM, Markus Döring wrote:
>>> Hi Bastiaan,
>>> the GBIF page for Syrphidae is
>>> http://www.gbif.org/species/6920
>>> or here in a preview of our upcoming new portal:
>>> https://demo.gbif.org/species/6920
>>> GBIF does not provide a software to setup your website, but you can 
>>> surely use our API to build your own Syrphidae portal.
>>> The GBIF portals above both exclusively use our own API, so all the 
>>> information is openly accessible to you:
>>> http://www.gbif.org/developer/species
>>> If you need help with the API please let us know what you try to achieve.
>>> This call for example lists all accepted genera in that family:
>>> http://api.gbif.org/v1/species/search?datasetKey=d7dddbf4-2cf0-4f39-9b2a-bb099caae36c&higherTaxonKey=6920&rank=GENUS&status=accepted&q=
>>> This lists children of the genus imosyrphus Bigot, 1882:
>>> http://api.gbif.org/v1/species/1534459/children
>>> ... or the family wth 10 records per page and an offset of 20:
>>> http://api.gbif.org/v1/species/6920/children?limit=10&offset=20
>>> The images you see on our upcoming portal are occurrence images which 
>>> you can retrieve with such a call knowing the gbif taxon key 
>>> (Syrphidae in this case):
>>> http://api.gbif.org/v1/occurrence/search?mediaType=stillImage&taxonKey=6920
>>> Hope this helps and gives inspirations.
>>> You can also download the entire backbone if you want to:
>>> http://rs.gbif.org/datasets/backbone/readme.html
>>> We try to update it 3-4 times a year.
>>> Best,
>>> Markus
>>> --
>>> Markus Döring
>>> Software Developer
>>> Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
>>> mdoering at gbif.org <mailto:mdoering at gbif.org><mailto:mdoering at gbif.org>
>>> http://www.gbif.org <http://www.gbif.org/>
>>>> On 28. May 2017, at 20:03, Bastiaan Wakkie <bwakkie at syrphidae.com 
>>>> <mailto:bwakkie at syrphidae.com><mailto:bwakkie at syrphidae.com>> wrote:
>>>> Dear all,
>>>> From 1999 onwards I have created and maintained a insect family 
>>>> website about Syrphidae (http://www.syrphidae.com 
>>>> <http://www.syrphidae.com/>)
>>>> Main goal is a centralised meeting point for Syrpidologists around 
>>>> the world. My plan is to use the gbif backbone in the future but 
>>>> have no idea where to start.
>>>> Basically I used national checklists to update the data in the 
>>>> pastbut never reached the whole world (Europe and Africa where 
>>>> partly done). What is the best option for me? I know in the past 
>>>> there was the gibf-npt which was very suitable for my case but was 
>>>> discontinued.
>>>> Are there examples I can reusefor my purpose? Would it be best to 
>>>> use only api calls all over my website ot receive speciedata and 
>>>> occurences?
>>>> kind regards,
>>>> Bastiaan Wakkie
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