Exporting a Classification

EOL visitors can browse the EOL collection based on a number of different taxonomic hierarchies which are featured in the Overview and Names tabs of every EOL taxon page.  All taxonomic hierarchies featured on EOL must be expert-vetted and they will be reviewed by EOL curators before being included in the EOL classification browser. If you provide EOL with a hierarchy, you may also provide information about synonyms, vernacular names, alternative spellings, etc.

If you would like to have your classification considered as an alternative EOL classification, please follow these steps:

1. Create a file containing your taxonomic information

You have two options:

  1. You can provide your classification in the same EOL XML Transfer Schema or Darwin Core Archive file that you use to export your data objects.
  2. You can supply a separate file in DarwinCore format, specifically in the fall 2009 version of DarwinCore. You can either have a programmer produce this code, or you can create your classification in a LifeDesk. On demand, LifeDesks will create the DarwinCore export code for you.  

Note that the DarwinCore options provide you with more data elements to convey taxonomic details.  For more information, see Sharing Taxonomic Data (GBIF) and Remsen et al. 2012.

Like your data objects, your taxonomic hierarchy should be accompanied by attribution and licensing/public domain information.

2. Register your classification in the EOL content partner registry.

If you do not have your taxonomic hierarchy information in your transfer schema resource file, you will need to create a new resource:

  1. In the Content Partner section of your member profile, go to Resources & Contacts then add a new resource.
  2. Complete the form, and provide the URL of the Darwin Core Archive file or upload it.

It generally takes 24 - 48 hours for a new resource to be processed.  If you do not hear from us within this time frame, please contact the Species Pages Group to let us know your classification is awaiting publication. Once your classification is published on the EOL site, you can request that it be promoted to be one of the default browsing hierarchies.  Default browsing hierarchies are featured on a rotating basis in the classification browser in the Overview tab of EOL taxon pages.

  1. In Resources & Contacts select the title of the resource file.
  2. In the Dataset column, under Hierarchy, click on the request to promote hierarchy button.
  3. Contact the Species Pages Group to make sure we know you have made a request.

Your hierarchy will be eligible as a default browsing classification if it meets the following review criteria:

  • The classification was assembled based on the methods and principles of science and it is accurate and current, not obviously superceded by a more recent version.
  • The classification is in some way complete (it could be complete for a region or a theme, and need not be global, but should always include higher taxa not skip them.
  • The classification adds value to the current set of EOL browsing hierarchies, i.e., it is not a duplication of other browsing hierarchies.

Two out of three of these should clearly be "yes" to be accepted as a default browsing hierarchy for EOL. Even if we do not accept your classification as a browsing hierarchy, it will still be visible in the Names tab of EOL taxon pages, and EOL curators will be able to select individual subtrees as the preferred classfication to be featured in the classification browser of individual EOL taxon pages.