[Taxacom] Nomenclature vs taxonomy et al.
una.smith at att.net
Sat Aug 19 06:13:50 CDT 2006
I am a voting member of ASTM Committee E31 on Healthcare
Informatics. That committee writes standards documents,
and currently is writing multiple standards in which the
term "nomenclature" is used to mean a variety of things
other than a nomenclature. Usually, it is used to mean a
taxonomy, classification, or even a controlled vocabulary.
This use of "nomenclature" reflects common (mis)usage in
the medical community.
Can any TAXACOMer recommend reading material (preferably
published) that may help to explain what is a taxonomy and
what is a nomenclature?
Thanks in advance,
By the way, the sole purpose of ASTM technical committees
is to write voluntary consensus standards; the committees
are open to all stakeholders who apply, not by invitation
nor election; and full participation is possible without
ever attending a meeting. Development of draft documents
and voting is conducted online, and the ASTM process has a
very strong peer review component. http://www.astm.org
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