Check-lists, Guides, Floras/Faunas
samadrin at ZEUS.UNIANDES.EDU.CO
Wed Nov 3 08:58:23 CST 1999
I would like to begin a thread to discuss issues related to outputs of
taxonomic work. In particular, the production of Check-lists, Guides,
Floras/Faunas are of special interest; there are many aspects of this
type of work that still follow 200+ year old formats and should be
modernized. Some of these include:
-Who are the users of taxonomic information and what do they want?
-Is what the users want, that which should be produced?
-Check-lists vs. Guides vs. Floras/Faunas
*Keys (dichotomous, special features, multiple access, interactive)?
*Order (alphabetic, phylogenetic)?
*Names (authorship, abbreviations, synomymy, new names, vernacular)
*Decriptions (full, hierarchical)
*Distribution, Ecology, Uses...
*Illustrations, Photographs, Digital Imaging
*Vouchers, Examined specimens
-Output (Printed ["Phone-book" vs. "Pocket-book"], Digital [CD-ROM,
-Distribution (Institutional vs. Commercial editors and presses)
-Costs & Funding
Hoping to raise interest and discussion,
Santiago Madrinan, Ph.D.
Dept. Ciencias Biologicas Tel:+57(1)286-9211, ext. 2729
Universidad de los Andes Fax:+57(1)284-1890
Apartado Aereo 4976
Santafe de Bogota, D.C.
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