[API-users] download url for GBIF Backbone Taxonomy?

Stoner, Dan dstoner at acis.ufl.edu
Fri Mar 16 14:41:01 CET 2018

Yes, thanks, that worked well.

One thing I noticed and is a bit confusing is that the dataset page [1] indicates:

Last Modified 16 November 2017

whereas the rs.gbif.org site [2] indicates "newer" files (based on timestamps, directory names) created in 2018.

The backbone-current.zip from the dataset page and from the rs.gibf.org site appear to be identical (same byte count and md5sum), but I could not determine this without actually downloading both.


  [1] https://www.gbif.org/dataset/d7dddbf4-2cf0-4f39-9b2a-bb099caae36c

  [2] http://rs.gbif.org/datasets/backbone/

- Dan Stoner

From: Markus Döring <mdoering at gbif.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2018 3:07 PM
To: Stoner, Dan
Cc: api-users at lists.gbif.org
Subject: Re: [API-users] download url for GBIF Backbone Taxonomy?

Hi Dan,
you can find all backbone data here, it should not be a terribly long download:


On 15. Mar 2018, at 19:04, Stoner, Dan <dstoner at acis.ufl.edu<mailto:dstoner at acis.ufl.edu>> wrote:

Regarding the archive available for:


I attempted to download the archive using a command-line tool but cannot because:

   We're sorry, but GBIF doesn't work properly without JavaScript enabled.

I started the download from my browser and the expected download time keeps bouncing between 8 hours and 12 hours.

Two questions:

1. Is there a location on the Internet where I can download that file in a reasonable timeframe?

2. Is there a url that will function properly to download the file without requiring javascript?

Is there any interest in developing mirrors or a CDN to host some of these things within the community?


Dan Stoner
iDigBio / ACIS Laboratory
University of Florida

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