[Taxacom] ZipCodeZoo problems

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Sat Mar 29 12:20:35 CDT 2008

From: "Richard Zander" <Richard.Zander at mobot.org>
> Check out http://zipcodezoo.com/default.asp.
> It seems to be a hodgepodge of miscellany thrown together without much
> concern for cohesion of data from different sources. The sources are
> mostly documented, but there are major problems. A genus description
> from the Flora of North America, for example, is limited to North
> America, but this is not flagged.

It appears indeed to be thrown together haphazardly (by computer: an
internal link explains a "Field guide" as something used in trapping fish).

In the light of the present discussion it is interesting to note that this
too presents a "algorithm-generated consensus classification" (harvested
from the www), and the qualification "bizarre classification" certainly 
applies here, as well.


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