[Taxacom] encylopedia of life

Frederick W. Schueler bckcdb at istar.ca
Sun May 13 13:41:34 CDT 2007


Richard Zander wrote:
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> Otherwise, what? Instead of a species page, you get a choice of several pages? 

* and why not? If each taxon (or substantially distinct concept of a 
taxon) has a page, its classificatory and phylogenetic position is 
defined by the selection of "ancestor" and "descendant" links, and with 
some way of capturing support for each concept, these could reflect both 
consensus and diversity of opinion.

With a blog-like system of capturing discussion, and an indexing system 
that shuffles old arrangements into the background, such an EoL could 
both preserve taxonomic freedom and fairly present consensus systems to 
nontaxonomic users.

fred.
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