Botanical Web Wish List.

Joe Kirkbride joe at NT.ARS-GRIN.GOV
Wed Jan 28 11:36:19 CST 2004


My botanical wish list for the Web (and all electronically available data)
is to have it backuped!  As far as I know, the International Plant Names
Index (IPNI) is the only botanical taxonomic database available via the Web
that is mirrored.  Things that I accessed 5-10 years ago have disappeared.
Recently there was a reference on Taxacom to a database of Neotropical
Rubaiceae genera that was available at NY; I finally found its web page
stored at a small southeastern US university.  As a community, botanists
have to start conserving and making available databases distributed via the
Internet.  The libraries are apparently not dealing with this problem.

JOSEPH H. KIRKBRIDE, JR.
Research Botanist
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory
Rm. 304, Bldg. 011A, BARC-West
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350 USA
Telephone: 301-504-9447
FAX: 301-504-5810
E-mail:  joe at nt.ars-grin.gov
-----Original Message-----
From: Roger Hyam [mailto:roger at HYAM.NET]
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2004 5:36 AM
To: TAXACOM at LISTSERV.NHM.KU.EDU
Subject: [TAXACOM] Botanical Web Wish List.

What would you like to see on the internet as far as Taxonomy ( and
particularly botanical taxonomy ) is concerned?

What is there but needs improving - and how?

What is missing and should be implemented?




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