Other Open Access

Ecological Trait-data Standard Vocabulary (v0.10)

Florian Schneider; Malte Jochum; Gaëtane LeProvost; Andreas Ostrowski; Caterina Penone; Nadja K. Simons

David Fichtmüller

Public release at GFBio Terminology Service: https://terminologies.gfbio.org/terms/ets/pages/ (human readable) and https://terminologies.gfbio.org/terminology/?ontology=ETS (API access).

v0.10, released 28 March 2019

critical changes

The assignment of user-defined and standardised measurement values and trait and taxon assignments has been updated, to match labelling practice in DwC and provide a more intuitive content for those fields. Accordingly

  • the v0.9.1 terms `scientificName`, `traitName`, `traitValue`, and `traitUnit` have been renamed into `verbatimScientificName`, `verbatimTraitName`, `verbatimTraitValue`, and `verbatimTraitUnit` with new identifiers.
  • the terms `scientificNameStd`, `traitNameStd`, `traitValueStd`, and  `traitUnitStd` have been renamed into `scientificName`, `traitName`, `traitValue`, and `traitUnit` and now form the default suggested content for trait data complying with the ETS. Definitions have been harmonized. The original *Std identifiers now resolve to these new terms.

major changes

  •  further recommended metadata terms have been added, based on Dublin Core Metadata Initiative: `rights`, `datasetDefinition`, `issued`, and `conformsTo`

minor changes

  • the identifier field for Dublin Core terms now provides an own Identifier on GFBio terminology service, while the Dublin Core identifier is given in the 'Refines' field. 

Files (41.7 kB)
Name Size
41.7 kB Download
  • Schneider, F.D., Jochum, M., Le Provost, G., Ostrowski, A., Penone, C., Fichtmüller, D., Gossner, M.M., Güntsch, A., König-Ries, B., Manning, P. and Simons, N.K. (2018) Towards an Ecological Trait-data Standard, biorxiv.org DOI: 10.1101/328302

All versions This version
Views 1195
Downloads 130
Data volume 28.4 MB0 Bytes
Unique views 815
Unique downloads 50


Cite as