[Taxacom] State of biodiversity services

Shorthouse, David dshorthouse at eol.org
Tue Oct 7 13:34:33 CDT 2008

What strikes me beyond the "yippee, I'm online" or the "cripes, who do I
yell at?" is the pitiful number of DiGIR providers, especially when you
remove the dups or the multiple collections in a single institution. Surely
this can't be all of them?

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David P. Shorthouse
Encyclopedia of Life - WorkBench
Woods Hole, MA
dshorthouse at eol.org

> -----Original Message-----
> From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-
> bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Roderic Page
> Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 1:45 PM
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> Subject: [Taxacom] State of biodiversity services
> The rather frail nature of biodiversity services (some of the major
> players have had service breaks in the last few weeks) has prompted me
> to revisit Dave Vieglais's BigDig and extend it to other services,
> such as uBio, EOL, and TreeBASE, as well as DSpace repositories and
> tools such as Connotea.
> The result is at http://bioguid.info/status/ . The idea is to poll
> each service once an hour to see if it is online. Eventually I hope to
> draw some graphs for each service, to get some idea of how reliable it
> is.
> Much of my own work depends on using web sites and services, and I'm
> constantly frustrated when they go offline (some times for months at a
> time).
> My aim is to be constructive. I well aware that reliability is not
> easy, and some tools that I've developed have disappeared. But I think
> as a community we need to do a lot better if biodiversity informatics
> is to deliver on its promise.
> The list of service is biased by what I use. I'm also aware that some
> of the DiGIR provider information is out of date (I basically lifted
> the list from the BigDig, I'll try and edit this as time allows).
> Comments (and requests for services to be added) are welcome. There is
> a comment box at the bottom of the web page.
> Regards
> Rod
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