[Taxacom] taxon wikipedia type resources

Donald.Hobern at csiro.au Donald.Hobern at csiro.au
Tue Jul 29 19:22:03 CDT 2008

I believe that we do need an approach which steers a mid-course between
static web publishing and a typical wiki environment.  The scratchpads
are closest to my vision.

The biggest risk with a wikified environment is that essential
information remains as unstructured text and largely hidden from data
modelling and analysis.  A widget-based approach (along the lines of the
scratchpads or the Wikipedia boxes) could provide users with a friendly
guided way to provide structured data.

The Atlas of Living Australia has received additional funding to work on
Data Annotation Services (quick introduction at
http://www.ala.org.au/dataannotation.htm).  I hope that we will be able
to take this beyond simple user comments on problems with data records.
Obvious first steps are to capture proposed corrections as structured
data and to build user interface components which generate small data
snippets expressing trophic relationships, coding of taxon characters,
or bibliographic data.


Donald Hobern, Director, Atlas of Living Australia
CSIRO Entomology, GPO Box 1700, Canberra, ACT 2601
Phone: (02) 62464352 Mobile: 0437990208 
Email: Donald.Hobern at csiro.au

-----Original Message-----

Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:57:55 +0100
From: Roderic Page <r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] taxon wikipedia type resources

. . .

The fact that errors in GBIF persist for months, if not longer,  
suggests that this model of authoritative integration has flaws. If  
GBIF, say, had simple tools for community annotation they could  
dramatically improve the quality of their data.

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