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Re: BioGeomancer & Best Geo-Practices RE: coverage- geo treatment by DRIVER

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Garret McMahon <[log in to unmask]>

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Garret McMahon <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 3 Feb 2009 11:01:34 +0000

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James,

No definite answers here but I did see Andy Powell's name listed as a
contributor to the DCMI Point Encoding Scheme [
http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-point/ ].

Regards,

Garret McMahon
Trinity College Dublin

2009/2/2 Falk Huettmann <[log in to unmask]>:
> …interesting point.
>
>
>
> GBIF (for Global Biodiversity) uses an automated (global) tool called
> BioGeomancer.
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>
>
> http://www.biogeomancer.org/
>
>
>
> http://www.gbif.org/Search/search?find_string=biogeomancer
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>
>
> It's not entirely an answer to your question, but has geo-name databases
> underneath
>
> that address some of your questions. I am not sure whether they use some
> that you mentioned.
>
>
>
> The idea of fuzziness, use of an error ellipse, is implemented in
> BioGeomancer though.
>
>
>
> There is also a BEST PRACTICES document with GBIF to geo-referencing and for
> free download.
>
> I like that one a lot as a general standard.
>
>
>
> The closer we get to similar geo-names and concepts the better.
>
>
>
> Please keep me posted.
>
>
>
> Very best
>
>      F.
>
>
>
> Falk Huettmann PhD, Assistant Professor
>
> -EWHALE lab- Biology and Wildlife Dept., Institute of Arctic Biology
>
> 419 IRVING I, University of Alaska Fairbanks AK 99775-7000 USA
>
> Email [log in to unmask]  Phone 907 474 7882 Fax 907 474 6716
>
>
>
> ________________________________
>
> From: Repositories discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> On Behalf Of James S Reid
> Sent: Monday, February 02, 2009 4:07 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: DC:coverage- geo treatment by DRIVER
>
>
>
> Could somebody on the list shed some light on why the DRIVER guidelines
> state that for DC:Coverage the " Recommended best practice is to select the
> value from a controlled vocabulary (for example, the Getty Thesaurus of
> Geographic Names or TGN) and that, where appropriate, named places or time
> periods be used in preference to numeric identifiers as, for example, sets
> of co- ordinates or date ranges. If necessary, repeat this element to encode
> multiple locations or periods."
>
> This is at odds with what we have been encouraging for  years (favouring
> explicit georeferencing via no-ambiguous coordinate referencing) as part of
> having the JISC IE georeferenced and indeed is guaranteed to provide
> ambiguity e.g. the placename 'london' is not non-ambigous were as N 51° 30'
> 30''W 0° 7' 31'' is (this is the UK London as opposed to the Canadian one at
> N 42° 59' 0''W 81° 13' 58' ).
>
> See also our GAP work -
> http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/repositories/digirep/index/Geospatial_Application_Profile
>
> ??
>
>
>
>
> James S Reid
>
> EDINA (Geoservices)
>
> Uniiversity of Edinburgh
>
>
>
> tel:+44 (0) 131 651 1383
>
> mob:        0759 5116988
>
>
>
> "Walking down the road
>
> With a blade in your waist
>
> Johnny you're too bad, Johnny you're too bad"
>
>
>
> John Martyn 11th September 1948 - 29th January 2009
>
>

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