Taxonomic Concept Transfer Schema (TCS)

The TCS schema was conceived to allow the representation of taxonomic concepts as defined in published taxonomic classifications, revisions and databases. As such, it specifies the structure for XML documents to be used for the transfer of defined concepts. Valid transfer documents may either explicitly detail the defining components of taxon concepts, transfer GUIDs referring to defined taxon concepts (if and when these are available) or a mixture of the two.

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Header section

Title
Taxonomic Concept Transfer Schema (TCS)
Permanent IRI (for citations and links)
http://www.tdwg.org/standards/117
Publisher
Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG)
Ratified
2005-09-16
Status
Current (2005) standard
Category
Technical specification
Abstract
The TCS schema was conceived to allow the representation of taxonomic concepts as defined in published taxonomic classifications, revisions and databases. As such, it specifies the structure for XML documents to be used for the transfer of defined concepts. Valid transfer documents may either explicitly detail the defining components of taxon concepts, transfer GUIDs referring to defined taxon concepts (if and when these are available) or a mixture of the two.
Bibliographic citation

Taxonomic Names and Concepts Interest Group. 2005. Taxonomic Concept Transfer Schema (TCS). Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) http://www.tdwg.org/standards/117

Maintenance group

TCS is maintained by the Taxonomic Names and Concepts Interest Group, which has sponsored a Task Group to update TCS to make it compliant with the Standards Documentation Specification and to move it into the Current Standard category.

Parts of the standard

This standard is comprised of 2 documents.

Documents:

Title: Taxon Concept Schema User Guide
Permanent IRI: http://rs.tdwg.org/tcs/doc/guide/
Created: 2006-09-21
Last modified: 2006-09-21
Contributors:
Roger Hyam (author) - TDWG Infrastructure Project
Jessie Kennedy (editor) - Napier University
Publisher: Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG)
Abstract: This guide is meant to act as a readable introduction to the Taxon Concept Schema (TCS). It is aimed at both decision makers and implementers of systems and so the content varies from being of a general nature, assuming little prior knowledge of taxonomy or XML technologies, to being quite detailed concerning the technicalities of biological nomenclature and XML schemas. Generally it becomes more specific as it goes on. This document is not a step by step manual for mapping a data source to a TCS document. Each data source is likely to be different in structure and so this is not a feasible exercise. What it attempts to do is provided the information needed for an implementer to make intelligent decisions as to how their data source should be mapped to the schema so that they can publish and/or receive data from other systems with as little confusion as possible.
Citation: Taxonomic Names Subgroup. 2006. Taxon Concept Schema User Guide. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). http://rs.tdwg.org/tcs/doc/guide/

Title: Taxon Concept Schema XML Schema
Permanent IRI: http://rs.tdwg.org/tcs/doc/xmlschema/
Created: 2006-09-21
Last modified: 2006-09-21
Contributors:
Jessie Kennedy (author) - Napier University
Roger Hyam (author) - TDWG Infrastructure Project
Publisher: Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG)
Abstract: This document is the validation schema for Taxon Concept Schema XML documents.
Citation: Taxonomic Names Subgroup. 2006. Taxon Concept Schema XML Schema. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). http://rs.tdwg.org/tcs/doc/xmlschema/