More GBIF questions (was: ITIS)

Thomas G. Lammers lammers at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU
Thu Jun 24 14:55:10 CDT 2004

At 02:41 PM 6/24/04, Neal Evenhuis wrote:

>This does not mean we allow taxonomists to dictate the Code (Tom's
>"wagging the dog" bit above).

That's not what I meant.  Of course "taxonomists dictate the Code" -- they
created it and they are responsible for it.

My point was that it should not be modified for ad hoc purposes, for the
convenience of a single user-group, but rather on the basis of what is best
for science as a whole.  Modifying the Code to accommodate "informatics"
types is putting the cart before the horse: the informatics types should
modify THEIR procedures to bring them in line with what taxonomists do and
have done for years.

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
Department of Biology and Microbiology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA

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Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and
biogeography of the Campanulaceae s. lat.

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