[Taxacom] Is there any thing the Internet can't do?

Jim Croft jim.croft at gmail.com
Sun Apr 26 20:26:17 CDT 2009

I am impressed!

Go to sleep worrying about an alarming story of swine flu killing
people in N America, and getting as far a New Zealand (OMG!  What if
it jumps the species barrier again, this time to sheep?!) unbelievably
quickly.  How fast is it spreading?  Where?

Wake up in the morning and some dude the other side of the world
(thanks Rod) has already twittered an annotated map
(http://bit.ly/qasp4) by some other dude the other other side of the
world, and has built and debugged an interactive spatial time series
visualization (http://darwin.zoology.gla.ac.uk/~rpage/flu/) using free
on-line resources.  In less than twelve hours.

Responsive biodiversity documentation in action.  This is the sort of
thing a few years ago we could only dream about.

The looming International Year of Biodiversity is going to be our time
to strut this sort of stuff...


Jim Croft ~ jim.croft at gmail.com ~ +61-2-62509499

"Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality."
- Joseph Conrad, author (1857-1924)

"I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said,
but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."
 - attributed to Robert McCloskey, US State Department spokesman

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