[Taxacom] iSpecies with Wikipedia

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Thu Mar 27 08:35:04 CDT 2008

From: "Richard Pyle" <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
> I don't see why there can't be as many classifications as there are
> individuals/organizations willing to assert them.  It's my understanding
> that EoL will accommodate multiple classifications (via the "Union" layer
> in their data architecture), and I think this is the reality that
> forward-thinking taxonomic data management initiatives need to
> accommodate.

I agree. If the user is to make his way through the existing literature to
the information he needs it may well be a necessity to have multiple
classifications in EoL, including some very old (and ostensibly very
obsolete) classifications. Of course, in many a case, it may well turn out 
that such a very old classification is now again very sensible, in the light 
of contemporary insights.


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