more phantom names (was: Errors = phantom names on the Internet) [ Scanned for viruses ]

Paul Kirk p.kirk at CABI.ORG
Tue Apr 18 14:22:35 CDT 2006

>let me once again, if I may, point to the real problem of  'phantom names' on 
>the internet and how to avoid them. This is because a recent search via 
> revealed many more errors and it seems to me 
>the problem is already more common on WWW than it ever was in the printed literature. Fast access  >to information is fine but fast access to wrong information is an imminent threat that calls for 
>quick solutions.

I would not say that it is more common ... just more accessible.

The 'solution' is to start any search at one of the online nomenclators (IPNI, ZooRecord (ION), Index Fungorum etc) or aggregators (Species2000, UBio, GBIF) rather than just googleing the name; the nomenclators would be very grateful to hear about omissions and errors (one, Index Fungorum, does include unpublished and other non Code compliant names (with known provenance - e.g. names from label data in a specific collection) but these are hidden from the user interface and primarily for automated name resolution services.


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