by Teresa J. Mayfield-Meyer
One result of networking at SPNHC 2019 was a potential collaboration with Global Biodiversity Interactions (GloBI). Casual discussions with Jorrit Poelen of GloBI after one of our presentations set off a plan for construction of a GloBI <> Arctos bridge.
GloBI provides open access to finding species interaction data (e.g., predator-prey, pollinator-plant, pathogen-host, parasite-host) by combining existing open datasets using open source software. Because Arctos carries these kinds of relationships in ways that can be harvested by GloBI, Jorrit is working on a method to capture our interactions from data at VertNet and incorporate them into GloBI. The process will work something like this:
- GloBI selects Arctos Archives via Vertnet IPT at http://ipt.vertnet.org:8080/ipt/rss.do by selecting titles that include “(Arctos)”
- Select only records with “associated occurrences”
- Create an “interaction types” map from Arctos terms to RO terms
- Import each occurrence pair as an interaction claim, making a link straight into the occurrence record in Arctos
- Arctos associated occurrences will now be available via GloBI for relevant interaction terms!
- Optionally and hopefully, establish per-record/specimen link from Arctos to GloBI for those that are indexed by GloBI.
- Then, repeat steps 1-5/6 periodically and automatically to keep the Arctos-GloBI interaction index up-to-date.
For creating reciprocal links into GloBI, Jorrit hopes to use the source URIs. An example of how they do this already can be seen in a relationship created in iNaturalist. Currently, a search in GloBi for [What does Enhydra lutris eat? includes and links to an iNaturalist Observation which, in turn, links back to into GloBI.
Jorrit expects that a similar approach can be taken using Arctos URIs like https://arctos.database.museum/guid/MVZ:Bird:180448 and that to verify active links, Arctos can periodically retrieve a list of indexed Arctos specimen records in the same way iNaturalist does.