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This article is part of the supplement: Biodiversity Informatics

Open Access Research

bioGUID: resolving, discovering, and minting identifiers for biodiversity informatics

Roderic DM Page

Author Affiliations

Division of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Graham Kerr Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK

BMC Bioinformatics 2009, 10(Suppl 14):S5  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-10-S14-S5

Published: 10 November 2009



Linking together the data of interest to biodiversity researchers (including specimen records, images, taxonomic names, and DNA sequences) requires services that can mint, resolve, and discover globally unique identifiers (including, but not limited to, DOIs, HTTP URIs, and LSIDs).


bioGUID implements a range of services, the core ones being an OpenURL resolver for bibliographic resources, and a LSID resolver. The LSID resolver supports Linked Data-friendly resolution using HTTP 303 redirects and content negotiation. Additional services include journal ISSN look-up, author name matching, and a tool to monitor the status of biodiversity data providers.


bioGUID is available at webcite. Source code is available from webcite.