The service provides for resolution of species and organism names to scientific names as defined in a particular authority. The ideal resolution links a species name as it appears to a uniform resource identifier (URI) that unambiguously specifies it within any of various authority lists. The service is intended to standardize use of species names in taxonomy trees depicting species relationships in the Phylotastic web service.
API methods support submission of a list of taxonomic names for the service to resolve, and the API returns a URL that provides the service output along with date submitted and other metadata. Methods also support retrieval of the resolved name data, which returns a listing of authorities and the URIs they define for the submitted name.