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Life Science Identifier (LSID)

LSIDs are persistent, location-independent, resource identifiers for uniquely naming biologically significant resources.
The LSID concept introduces a straightforward approach to naming and identifying data resources stored in multiple, distributed data stores in a manner that overcomes the limitations of naming schemes in use today [more information].

WoRMS has implemented LSIDs for all its taxonomic names and they are displayed on each taxon page. We have integrated the AphiaID into the LSID, so in fact you can continue using the AphiaID.

For example: the LSID for Solea solea is: urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:127160
You can resolve an LSID via the various services available.
Example for Solea solea: http://lsid.tdwg.org

The returned model is RDF (XML) with metadata elements from Darwin Core and Dublin Core.

Vocabularies using a WoRMS unique identifier



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Calling the WoRMS webservice from ASP/JS

This tutorial assumes you are using any webserver with ASP installed and working properly.

Copy and paste the code from the example in an .ASP file and point your browser to the ASP file

Make sure you have installed Microsoft XML Parser 3.0 in your client machine (for access to XMLHTTP and DOM COM objects).


Credits for this tutorial go to CodeProject.com.

Download this example.