BiSciCol Term Definitions

The core of the BiSciCol expedition is the foundation relational predicates, which are identified below.
Term Name: The name by which the latest version of the term is commonly known.
Identifier: The unique identifier for the latest version of the term.
Definition: A description of the nature of the content of the term.
Example: Examples on how these can be used.
Graph Properties: The core properties that will determine how the graph will work.
Definition: Physical material that is substantially derived from other physical material. See the Relations Ontology site for more information.
Type of Term Property
Example: Tissue derived from a Specimen.
Graph Properties: Directed; Transitive
Definition: An entity whose existence depends on another entity.
Type of Term Property
Example: Specimen depends on a collecting event (or, Collecting is the source of a Specimen)
Graph Properties: Directed; Non-Transitive
Definition: Two instances that are understood to be the same thing
Type of Term Property
Example: ID1 and ID2 both refer to specimenX
Graph Properties: Symmetric; Transitive
Definition: An entity whose existence does not solely depend on another entity
Type of Term Property
Examples: Agent (Person) related to Agent (Institution). Event related to Feature.
Graph Properties: Symmetric; Non-Transitive
Definition: Describes whether a specific identifier has the ability to resolve or mediate a suffix appended onto the end of the identifier itself. The root of the identifier is registered with an identifier service, while the suffix typically is not registered, but is "passed through" to a resolution target or mediation service that uses the group level identifier's metadata as a proxy for its own.
Type of Term Property
Examples: ark:/21547/R2_MBIO56 is an example of an identifier with the suffixPassthrough feature enabled. The root or group of the identifier is "ark:/21547/R2" while the suffix is "MBIO56". ark:/21547/R2 is registered with EZID while ark:/21547/R2_MBIO56 is not registered, but still recognized.