[Taxacom] ITIS, Species 2000, etc.

Fabian Haas fhaas at icipe.org
Thu May 31 01:02:43 CDT 2007

Having produced the list of acronyms on the gTI website on the basis if 
an Bionet List my self, let me point out this link

goes to a webpage with links to many other directories of acronyms. We 
should also not forget about google and other search engines that I 
wonder, why make the effort and produce more and more databases  with 
links and link portals...


Chris Lyal wrote:
> There's a searchable list of acronyms on the BioNET-INTERNATIONAL site at  http://www.bionet-intl.org/opencms/opencms/resourceCentre/acronyms/searchAcronyms.jsp  and also on the German GTI site at http://www.gti-kontaktstelle.de/links/linksAcro_Glos.html
> Soem acronyms are also listed, with contact details, in an annex to the Guide to the Global Taxonomy Initiative, which you can find at  http://biodiv.org/doc/programmes/cro-cut/gti/gti-guide-en.pdf. 
> All of these use the acronym as a handle, rather than the subject of their work.  I'm not sure I know of a database that does that.
> Also, of course, none of these is complete (nor limited to taxonomy)  However, its a start...
> Chris
> ________________________________
> From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu on behalf of Edwards, G.B.
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> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] ITIS, Species 2000, etc.
> I appreciate the comments of Anna, Mary, Rich, Rod and others on this
> subject, and the information links provided, but in many cases, those
> are for the one organization each is most associated with.  Not that
> this isn't useful, but...
> Seems to me what we need is an Encyclopedia of Taxonomic Initiatives (or
> maybe a Reader's Digest Version) which would give us the acronym or
> title, what it means, what it's purpose is, where it's located, and who
> it's contact people are (see those listed below plus a "whole host of
> other initiatives", many of which have come up in subsequent
> discussions).  Also needed is a glossary of acronyms used within each
> organization.  Obviously people who are already involved know what these
> initiatives are, but I suspect there are many others who might want to
> be involved in something, but don't want to wade through looking up the
> specs for a bunch of organizations to find one that seems to fit what
> they would be willing to do.  Not to mention how helpful it would be to
> know the most appropriate place to go for a particular type of taxonomic
> information, or to find out that there actually is an organization that
> databases some obscure group.  Yes, you can Google, but then you're
> still wading through thousands of responses, and you'll probably miss
> some of the initiatives.  There are just too many for any one person to
> keep track of.
> How about if the organizers of every initiative send in their
> information to a central website which can then be made available to
> everyone (offers to host?).  Maybe some of the paralysis will be lifted
> if people know what their options are.  Might bring some of those
> private collections into the fold.  Might even be a good start to
> organizing the taxonomic community.
> --
> G. B. Edwards
> Florida State Collection of Arthropods
> ...One of the goals of the Encyclopedia of Life is to work with groups
> like
> uBio, GBIF, ITIS, Species2000, IPNI, Index Fungorum, ZooBank, BHL, and a
> whole host of other initiatives who deal with taxonomic names to
> establish
> what David Remsen of GBIF calls the "BIG Index" (I'll defer to David for
> elaboration of the name).  This would be a giant index of these "usage
> instances", or the "facts" of taxonomy, as I defined them above (e.g.,
> Smith, 2001, treated "Aus xus" as a junior synonym of "Aus bus").
> Building
> such a comprehensive index is a monumental task, far outside the scope
> of
> any single initiative like ITIS or Species2000 or most of the others.
> But
> it's not outside the scope of the collective taxonomic community as a
> whole;
> which is why ideas like All Species, GBIF's ECAT, and EoL (the latter
> being
> the most robustly funded) are so fundamentally important to serve as a
> "flag
> pole" around which we can all congregate and coordinate our efforts.
> ...
> I share your feeling that paralysis is the usual response. What 
> continually astounds me is how little people are aware of the 
> groundwork that already exists. Most of the issues (GUIDs, generating 
> identifiers, searching based on journal metadata) have already been 
> solved, in some cases (SICIs, OpenURL) a decade ago.
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