The registry for USFSC provides the following webservices to faciliate machine-to-machine integration of repository and specimen information. If you need to interact with the data held by the registry in a way that isn't listed here, please contact us to put in a request for new services.
'Cool' HTTP URIs for Institutions
Each collection in the registry has a HTTP URI that it will attempt to keep stable.
- For collection records that were formerly part of BCI, the URIs start with 'http://biocol.org' and are followed by the Life Science Identifier string such as 'urn:lsid:biocol.org:col:15670'.
- For collection records that were not formerly part of BCI, the URIs start with 'http://www.grbio.org/cool/' and are followed by an eight digit random key such as 'ba9gp755'.
The identifiers are Linked Data compliant (the paradigm is described in detail in the Linked Data Book). When they are called, there will be a content negotiation between client application and server. For human users this will result in a seamless 303 redirect to the HTML page for the collection. If a machine is making a call to the URI then it will be redirect to a data representation of the collection in RDF-XML format. The RDF that is returned by HTTP URI is controlled by the administrator and can be modified.
Please contact us if you need different fields available in the RDF.
Legacy Support for Life Science Identifiers (LSIDs)
Biodiversity Collections Index (BCI), issued LSIDs for the collections it tracked. LSIDs have not been as widely adopted as expected in 2008 when BCI was set up. It was therefore decided not to issue LSIDs for new collections after the merger of BCI into the registry but to continue resolving the LSIDs that were issued by BCI for legacy support only. Some of the institutions in the registry therefore have LSIDs that will currently resolve correctly. These LSIDs should be considered deprecated and may not resolve in the future.
Requests for New Web Services
If you need to interact with the data held by the registry of USFSC in a way that isn't listed here please contact us.