Jim Croft jrc at ANBG.GOV.AU
Tue Aug 24 10:09:22 CDT 2004

> The "taxonomic impediment" will be alleviated when taxononmists are allowed
> to do taxonomy and are adequately compensated for it.  All else is
> rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

If you get more taxonomists and pay them more, all you will end up with is
more of the same...  which depending on you point of view might be a good
thing... or a bad thing...

In my opinion we will always have a taxonomic impediment as long there are
taxonomists doing what taxonomists have always done...

Without a change in mind set and a concerted commitment by taxonomists to
work together on or towards a single focussed global project, taxonomy and
taxonomists will continue to be their own impediments... it is just part
of the human condition of many people working in multiple teams with
diverse interests.

But I must confess to being optimistic about it all. The large
collaborative projects coming out of and arising from GBIF, etc. are all
very encouraging.

(Just to clarify Rich, I still regard registration as inherently evil -
comprehensive indexing on the other hand is good and righteous... :)


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