ITIS (an explanation of GBIF's data integration activities)

dick moe rlmoe at UCLINK4.BERKELEY.EDU
Thu Jul 1 17:31:50 CDT 2004

We are implementing a tracked, collaborative system for the Index to
California Plant Names,
available under the Jepson Online Interchange:

Richard Moe

On Jul 1, 2004, at 12:59 PM, Peter Stevens wrote:

> From Mary Barkworth:
>> The failure of IPNI to have developed the kind of collaborative
>> structure mentioned in an earlier email by someone (sorry - forget
>> who)
>> is particularly disturbing in view of the promises made at the
>> International botanical Congress in St. Louis in 1999.  I hope the
>> leaders of IPNI will be able to state next year in Vienna that they
>> have
>> implemented and made visible information about questions that have
>> been
>> raised and addressed concerning particular names. Kanchi Gandhi
>> provides
>> fantastic feedback to those of us engaged in the Flora of North
>> America
>> project, checking the validity and legitimacy of individual names,
>> often
>> in consultation with other members of IAPT's nomenclatural committee.
>> He
>> also quickly corrects any of the Gray Card entries that need it.
>> Gerrit
>> Davidse at MO is also quick to correct any errors that are brought to
>> his attention. Unfortunately the questions themselves and the reasons
>> for the answers given do not appear anywhere, making it likely that
>> the
>> same questions will be asked again and again. I know this last is
>> true;
>> I have done it myself. It would be nice to be spared the embarrassment
>> of asking the same question twice - and to spare Kanchi the effort of
>> looking up his earlier response.  More importantly, no question should
>> have to be looked into more than once. My understanding from the
>> presentation at St. Louis was that IPNI would be providing the kind of
>> information to help ensure that would be the case. Did I misunderstand
>> or ?
> You did not misunderstand - that seemed to me the neatest aspects of
> the whole project.  As I inderstand things (having left IPNI when I
> moved to MO), providing that kind of cumulative documentation remains
> a goal.
> Peter S.

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