PBDB Data Service 1.1 v6 > Formats and Vocabularies

DESCRIPTION

This data service is capable of returning its results in a variety of formats. This capability provides great flexibility, allowing such diverse activities as:

Each format has a default vocabulary in which its data is expressed. The available formats and vocabularies are discussed below.

FORMATS

FormatSuffixDocumentationDescription
JSON .json JSON format

The JSON format is intended primarily to support client applications, including the PBDB Navigator. Response fields are named using compact 3-character field names.

Comma-separated text .txt Text formats

The text formats (txt, tsv, csv) are intended primarily for researchers downloading data from the database. These downloads can easily be loaded into spreadsheets or other analysis tools. The field names are taken from the PBDB Classic interface, for compatibility with existing tools and analytical procedures.

Comma-separated text .csv Text formats

The text formats (txt, tsv, csv) are intended primarily for researchers downloading data from the database. These downloads can easily be loaded into spreadsheets or other analysis tools. The field names are taken from the PBDB Classic interface, for compatibility with existing tools and analytical procedures.

Tab-separated text .tsv Text formats

The text formats (txt, tsv, csv) are intended primarily for researchers downloading data from the database. These downloads can easily be loaded into spreadsheets or other analysis tools. The field names are taken from the PBDB Classic interface, for compatibility with existing tools and analytical procedures.

RIS .ris RIS format

The RIS format is a common format for bibliographic references.

PNG .png PNG format

The PNG suffix is used with a few URL paths to fetch images stored in the database.

VOCABULARIES

VocabularyNameDefault forDescription
PaleobioDB field names pbdb txt, csv, tsv

The PBDB vocabulary is derived from the underlying field names and values in the database, augmented by a few new fields. For the most part any response that uses this vocabulary will be directly comparable to downloads from the PBDB Classic interface. This vocabulary is the default for text format responses.

Compact field names com json

The Compact vocabulary is a set of 3-character field names designed to minimize the size of the response message. This is the default for JSON format responses. Some of the field values are similarly abbreviated, while others are conveyed in their entirety. For details, see the documentation for the individual response fields.

 

This service is provided by the Paleobiology Database, hosted by the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

If you have questions about this data service, or wish to report a bug, please contact the database administrator at admin@paleobiodb.org