[Taxacom] bodiversity informatica

Weitzman, Anna WEITZMAN at si.edu
Mon Jan 28 22:10:32 CST 2008

Hi Mark,
While I am not the manager of this or any listserv, I am going to chime in as a long-time subscriber to this and other listservs.  There is a biodiversity informatics listserv--TDWG (the listserv of the Biodiversity Information Standards organization).  The subscribers to taxacom have a wide variety of interests that overlap with many listservs, including TDWG and many taxon-specific & other listservs.  Thus, some biodiversity informatics messages that are likely to be of interest to a wider audience than TDWG are also put on taxacom (my guess is that most TDWG readers also read taxacom, but not vice versa).  I don't think that most taxacom subscribers want to see all biodiversity informatics messages, so I suggest you consider using TDWG for your purposes.
Anna L. Weitzman, PhD
Botanical and Biodiversity Informatics Research
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
office: 202.633.0846
mobile: 202.415.4684
weitzman at si.edu


From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu on behalf of Mark Costello
Sent: Mon 28-Jan-08 10:38 PM
To: Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: [Taxacom] bodiversity informatica

Hello taxacom manager,

I have been involved in 3 Ocean Biodiversity Informatics conferences and the
question of a listserv for communication between meetings increasingly
arises. I am now involved in an international biodiversity informatics
conference planned for early 2009 and the question again arises.  Related
lists are the many taxon specifc ones, various project lists, TDWG, and
taxacom. I just subscribed to taxacom and on reviewing the archive it does
include a lot of biodiversity informatics emails, and I know many of the
correspondents have such interests. It also includes taxonomic items (pure
taxonomy nomenclature, molecular analysis)  that are probably of little
interest to people involved in biodiversity informatics.

I run 3 other listservs (marine biodiversity, sea lice research and control,
environmental sciences in Ireland) with online archiving  and could set up
one on biodiversity informatics. However, I do not want to duplicate other
lists.  So my question is whether we promote the use of taxacom for
biodiversity informatics news and discussions amongst the past and future
conference delegates rather than form a new list? This may increase taxacom
subscribers and traffic, but my guess most of the additional traffic will
interest at least a portion of present members.

Best wishes


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