[Taxacom] bodiversity informatica

Weitzman, Anna WEITZMAN at si.edu
Tue Jan 29 08:33:14 CST 2008

Perhaps I was not clear.  I am not saying that parts of what is going on in biodiversity informatics are not of interest to most taxacom members--those kinds of conversations should and do happen on taxacom quite frequently.  Informaticists absolutely need to hear taxonomists' points of view (and those of more than Rich Pyle, myself and several others). However, the more technical points of how we implement taxonomic bioinformatics are probably not (in fact, over the last several threads that started on taxacom have migrated to TDWG to explore the more technical aspects).  
Or perhaps all taxacom readers are also readers (and members) of TDWG and we should combine the lists. ;-)
Anna L. Weitzman, PhD
Botanical and Biodiversity Informatics Research
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu on behalf of Richard Jensen
Sent: Tue 29-Jan-08 8:54 AM
To: m.costello at auckland.ac.nz
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] bodiversity informatica

Mark Costello wrote:

"It [taxacom] also includes taxonomic items (pure taxonomy nomenclature,
molecular analysis) that are probably of little interest to people
involved in biodiversity informatics."

I'm surprised, and disheartened, that those working in biodiversity
informatics would view these topics as "of little interest." The rules
of nomenclature apply directly to the very organisms that biodiversity
informatics incorporates as the bases for their work. Further, our
knowledge of the status of, and relationships among, these organisms are
greatly enhanced by molecular analyses of the sort often discussed on

What have I missed with respect to the fundamental goals of biodiversity


Dick J

Richard Jensen, Professor
Department of Biology
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Tel: 574-284-4674

Mark Costello wrote:
> 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
> Mark 
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