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SAWSDL: Semantic Annotations for WSDL

SDD: Structured Descriptive Data (TDWG standard)

SDI: Spatial Data Infrastructure

Semantics: A conceptualisation of the implied meaning of information that requires words and/or symbols within a usage context. (SOA-RM, 2006)

Sequence alignment: The procedure of comparing two or more DNA sequences to identify regions of similarity

Server: A computer or a program which provides services to other programs or users, either in the same computer or over a computer network.

Service: Distinct part of the functionality that is provided by an entity through interfaces. (ISO 19119:2005]). In Taverna, service is an instance of a service description within a workflow.

Service description: Document describing the service capabilities and bindings. Usually it is a WSDL or WADL formatted document.

Service provider: A service provider is responsible for making web services available through servern Taverna is used to search for and/or add service descriptions of a particular type. For example, a BioMoby service provider will bring up all available BioMoby service descriptions into Taverna’s Service Panel from a BioMoby registry that you specify in the BioMoby service provider UI. WSDL service provider will add all methods (functions) that are available from a Web service which WSDL URL you specify in the WSDL service provider UI.

Session: Temporary association between a subject and a principal as a result of an authentication process initiated by the subject. Information about a session is stored in authentication session information. (OGC 07-097; RM-OA 2007)

Shim services: A shim service is one that acts as transformational between two otherwise incompatible services, to convert the output of one service to match the inputs of another service. The term 'shim' is commonly used in mechanical engineering and refers to a piece of metal inserted into a gap between two incompatible surfaces to compensate for differences in machining tolerances.

SOAP: Simple Object Access Protocol. XML-based messaging protocol used for invoking web services and exchanging structured data.

Spatial context: Specification of a spatial location of an observed property determined by a combination of a point, a line, an area, a volume and/or a vector field.

Spatial data: Relevant base collection of technologies, policies, and institutional 

Specimen occurences: See Occurrences

SSC: Specific Support Centre; BioVeL specific support centre

Stage-matrix model: A stage matrix model provides a mathematical model describing the various stages of life of a species (e.g. seedling, juvenile, reproductive) and the rate at which individuals in a population will move from one stage to the next.

Synonym (Taxonomy): In scientific nomenclature, a scientific name that applies to a taxon that now has a different scientific name. The correct name depends on the taxonomic viewpoint.

System: Something of interest as a whole or as comprised of parts. Therefore, a system may be referred to as an entity. A component of a system may itself be a system, in which case it may be called a subsystem. (ISO/IEC 10746-2:1996)


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News

19 February 2015

At the final review of the project by the EC, one of the reviewers said: “Incredible work done with a community that is not unified. Remarkable work. It opens for new development in a near future. Hope for success. Good project. Happy that you have been financed three plus years ago.”

Read all about the project and its results in the Project Final Report or read the Executive Summary only.