GBIF Vocabulary of Terms

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The terms of the GBIF Vocabulary of Terms (GBIFterms) will be minted here. Each term will have it's own Wiki page with the description of the term.

Terms are presented here organized alphabetical by their group (skos:Collection). The first step when setting up a new vocabulary (with external namespace URIs) is to import the term identifier URIs to the Wiki.

Namespace URI: with preferred namespace prefix “gbif”.
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Namespace URIs are defined multiple times on:

Please correct these. At least URI and namespace definition schould be set on one concept scheme page only or in rare cases on a concept collection page (namespace is related to that collection only). For RDF export it is neccessary to create additionally the SMW-import-page MediaWiki:Smw import gbif (see Help:Import vocabulary).


All Concepts in GBIF Vocabulary of Terms:
(No concepts defined yet.)

While above an automatic list according to the new skos:Concept template is shown, the list below is a manual link list from the early use of the terms wiki:

Collection Terms

Minting the groups for organizing the GBIF Terms here (groups are of rdf:type = skos:Collection).

Concept Terms

Minting the individual GBIF Terms here (terms are of rdf:type = skos:Concept).

Taxon Description (gbif:Description)

DwC Taxon extension to exchange simple text/paragraph based taxon descriptions. Not suitable for structured descriptions and keys, but useful for creating species pages. (No new terms defined).

Species Distribution (gbif:Distribution)

Geographic distribution of a taxon. gbif:appendixCITES [9]

Alternative Identifiers (gbif:Identifier)

Other known identifier used for the same taxon or occurrence. Can be a URL pointing to a webpage, an xml or rdf document, a DOI, UUID or any other identifier. (No new terms defined).

Simple Images (gbif:Image)

Simple extension for exchanging metadata, in particular links, for species or occurrence images. (No new terms defined).

Literature References (gbif:Reference)

Bibliography for a taxon. (No new terms defined).

Species Profile (gbif:SpeciesProfile)

gbif:isMarine [10], gbif:isTerrestrial [11], gbif:isHybrid [12], gbif:isExtinct [13], gbif:livingPeriod [14], gbif:ageInDays [15], gbif:sizeInMillimeters [16], gbif:massInGrams [17], gbif:lifeForm [18]

Types and Specimen (gbif:TypesAndSpecimen)

An extension for specimens and types, including type specimens, type species and type genera and simple specimens unrelated to types. gbif:typeDesignatedBy [19], gbif:typeDesignationType [20], gbif:verbatimLabel [21]

Vernacular Names (gbif:VernacularName)

Extension to core taxa that lists vernacular names for a scientific taxon. gbif:isPlural [22], gbif:isPreferredName [23], gbif:organismPart [24]

GBIF Vocabulary of Terms

Properties Values
Name rdfs:label GBIF Vocabulary of Terms
Namespace rdfs:isDefinedBy
Identifier dc:identifier
Title dc:title GBIF Vocabulary of Terms for description of biodiversity information resources
Title (Norwegian) dc:title@no GBIF ontologi med terminologi for beskrivning av biologisk mangfold
Description dc:description The GBIF Vocabulary of Terms includes terms minted by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
Version owl:versionInfo Version 1.0
Creator dc:creator Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
Version owl:versionInfo Version 1.0
Rights holder dcterms:rightsHolder Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
License dcterms:license
Type rdf:type skos:ConceptScheme
Comment rdfs:comment The base URI of the GBIF Vocabulary of Terms is Please make sure that you are only using element identifiers in this namespace, e.g. "". There may be copies of the ontology file on the Web which can be retrieved from other locations, but those locations should not be used as the basis of identifiers.
Namespace vann:preferredNamespaceUri
Prefix vann:preferredNamespacePrefix gbif
Home page foaf:homepage

For the GBIF terms we use: MediaWiki:Smw_import_gbif.