una at LANL.GOV
Thu Oct 11 09:58:18 CDT 2001
Doug Yanega wrote:
> I already have 65,000 species and 14,000 generic
>names in my database, and trying to look up each species name to see
>whether it's a noun or not, and each genus to determine its gender,
>and then manually enter this data in another set of fields is NOT
>practical at that scale. You CANNOT automate the process, because you
>need to actually go to the original publication and see what the
>author designated. No database program will *ever* be able to do that.
Guessing at transmutation and translocation of epithets *can* be done
by computer. But guessing isn't enough; verification is necessary,
> It requires *human labor*, and none of the available electronic
>resources have already invested this labor.
Actually, botanists have Index Kewensis, which attempts to list all
botanical taxonomic names ever published.
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