[Taxacom] ITS, Species 2000,[Scanned]

Weitzman, Anna WEITZMAN at si.edu
Sun May 27 17:17:59 CDT 2007

Hi Mary,
There is a group of people working on such standards for Biodiversity Informatics and making them widely available as soon as they are set and posting them in a single place so that the community will know about them.  That group is called TDWG (Biodiversity Information Standards (formerly Taxonomic Databases Working Group)).  TDWG regularly announces its annual meetings, working groups and available standards on list servs, especially Taxacom.  See www.tdwg.org for more information.
I encourage you and anyone else interested in these standards to join TDWG (membership is a fairly minimal fee), sign up for the TDWG mailing list, and attend meetings.  I especially encourage working taxonomists to take a larger role.  There are relatively few taxonomists who are active participants, and I believe that sometimes our needs as users are less well voiced than they should be when most of the people in the room are informaticists.
Anna L. Weitzman, PhD
Botany and Biodiversity Informatics Research
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
weitzman at si.edu


From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu on behalf of Mary Barkworth
Sent: Sun 27-May-07 4:39 PM
To: Roderic Page
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] ITS, Species 2000,[Scanned]

Ok, so lots of the ground work exists.  I am glad.Rod, thank you for
providing links. Next thing is to make it so that people do know about
it and think to use it.  No good complaining about people not knowing,
ask why we do not - and how to correct that situation.    Seems to me
workshops, held in connection with regular annual meetings of different
groups, on how they are built used to everyone's benefit (including that
of the person using them) might be appropriate. And/or an online
tutorial - perhaps with some questions that have answers "in the back of
the book".  Could this become part of an set of organismal informatics

Then we can start asking our journals for permission to make available
publication information on names - with links to the online resource for
the whole journal if it is online.  I know - still not free access to
all the world's literature, but access to an important part. In some
respects, later works may be more important as they say why a taxon
should, or should not, be recognized. On free access, I do wonder just
exactly where the money tree that will pay the costs of organization and
editing and posting and hosting exists. For now, I just want to see what
we can do to get started - now. Any volunteers for creating that
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