CETAF Stable Identifiers

CETAF Stable Identifiers 4The formation of a joint system of identifiers for specimens held by CETAF collections is one of the import targets defined by the CETAF strategic development plan for the next decade.

The CETAF Information Science and Technology Committee (ISTC) has taken already a significant step to fulfil this target by:


  • agreeing on a joint Linked Open Data (LOD) compliant identifier system,
  • providing mechanisms for consistently referencing individual specimens, as well as
  • redirecting to human-readable webpages and machine-readable (preferably RDF) Metadata records


Additional information can be found at the CETAF Stable Identifier Initiative Wiki at http://cetafidentifiers.biowikifarm.net/wiki/Main_Page

There is also a poster summarising the development in a non-technical way (http://cetaf.org/sites/default/files/cetaf-istc_stable_identifiers_poste...).

Stable Identifiers Implementers Group

To date, 14 CETAF institutions joined the initiative and provide LOD-compliant identifiers for individual specimens. For each of them the following lists provides an example identifier, a link to a catalogue for searching specimens and their identifiers as well as an indication of whether a redirect to machine-readable metadata has already been implemented.

Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin
Example: http://herbarium.bgbm.org/object/B100277113
Catalogue: http://ww2.bgbm.org/Herbarium/
Redirect to machine-readable representation: yes

Finnish Museum of Natural History, Helsinki
Example: http://id.luomus.fi/GL.749
Catalogue: no
Redirect to machine-readable representation: no

Institute of Botany, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava
Example: http://ibot.sav.sk/herbarium/object/SAV0001234
Catalogue: http://ibot.sav.sk/herbarium
Redirect to machine-readable representation: no (no redirection by passing rdf header, but rdf is accessible at http://ibot.sav.sk/herbarium/data/SAV0001234.rdf)

Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
Example: http://coll.mfn-berlin.de/u/ZMB_Orth_BA000061S01
Catalogue: no
Redirect to machine-readable representation: yes

Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris
Example: http://coldb.mnhn.fr/catalognumber/mnhn/ec/ec32
Catalogue: https://science.mnhn.fr/all/search
Redirect to machine-readable representation: yes

Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden
Example: http://data.biodiversitydata.nl/naturalis/specimen/RMNH.AVES.110103
Catalogue: http://bioportal.naturalis.nl/
Redirect to machine-readable representation: yes

Natural History Museum, London
Catalogue: http://data.nhm.ac.uk/
Redirect to machine-readable representation: yes

Natural History Museum - University of Oslo
Example: http://purl.org/nhmuio/id/41d9cbb4-4590-4265-8079-ca44d46d27c3
Catalogue: http://nhmo-birds.collectionexplorer.org/
Redirect to machine-readable representation: yes

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Example: data.rbge.org.uk/herb/E00421509
Catalogue: http://elmer.rbge.org.uk/bgbase/vherb/bgbasevherb.php
Redirect to machine-readable representation: yes

Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart
Example: http://col.smns-bw.org/object/S10000227722006
Catalogue: http://www.smns-bw.org/db/datenbank.php
Redirect to machine-readable representation: no

Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns
Example: http://id.snsb.info/snsb/collection/97112/153455/93009
Catalogue: http://www.snsb.info/dwb_biocase.html
Redirect to machine-readable representation: yes

Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn
Example: http://id.zfmk.de/collection_ZFMK/2003261/891242/163052
Catalogue: no
Redirect to machine-readable representation: no

Botanic Garden Meise
Catalogue: http://www.botanicalcollections.be/#/en/home
Redirect to machine-readable representation: yes

Royal Museum for Central Africa
Catalogue: http://darwinweb.africamuseum.be/search_specimens
Redirect to machine-readable representation: no