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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


Calling the WoRMS webservice from Matlab

This tutorial assumes you have installed Matlab (http://www.mathworks.nl/products/matlab/).

Step 1: Download the WSDL file
from "http://marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=soap&wsdl=1"
Name the file and put in folder of choice (e.g. "rootdir/WoRMS/aphia.xml")

Step 2: in Matlab: move to folder where wsdl file is located and run:
>> cd rootdir/WoRMS
>> createClassFromWsdl('aphia.xml')
This creates a subfolder @AphiaNameService which is populated by a series of m-files (e.g. getAphiaNameByID.m).

Step 3: in Matlab: add folder to Matlab's path:
>> addpath('rootdir/WoRMS/')
This completes the required set up.

Step 4: in Matlab: create an object of the class:
>> obj= AphiaNameService

Step 5: in Matlab: use one of the methods of the object
for example:
>> name = getAphiaNameByID(obj,127160)
which returns: name = 'Solea solea'

Credits for this tutorial go to Benoit Casault (DFO, Canada)