[Taxacom] taxon wikipedia type resources

Tony.Rees at csiro.au Tony.Rees at csiro.au
Tue Jul 29 00:38:38 CDT 2008

Hi Roger,

My question would be, what is the scope of such potential
"collaboration", and how is it different from (on one hand) a mailing
list where people can ask or answer questions of a taxonomic nature, (on
another) data integration sites such as NBN, GBIF, OBIS etc., to which
contributors can upload their own data, and (on the third hand -
aliens/mutants only) wikipedia/wikispecies? (Although in principle the
latter is for citations to existing work, not publication of original

I would agree with Paddy that if you can provide a compelling enough
answer to the first question, then EOL is a good potential home for
whatever is possibly required, since a single one stop shop is in
principle better than many...

- Tony Rees

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Subject: [Taxacom] taxon wikipedia type resources

I was wondering if anyone could help me find some examples of taxonomy  
web sites that will accept contributions from general users in the  
style of wikipedia/wikispecies. To qualify they must allow anyone to  
register and contribute. Contributions must appear live, as part of  
the data without going through an editorial process. Sites that only  
allow users to comment or upload their own data don't really count. I  
am looking for collaborative works. The sites could cover any kind of  
taxonomic related information - not just actual taxa

I am wondering why I don't come across such site in my work.

Many thanks for your thoughts,


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