[Taxacom] Species Pages - where are the online descriptions?

Tony.Rees at csiro.au Tony.Rees at csiro.au
Sun Feb 1 17:58:48 CST 2009

Hi all,

One take-home message from this thread so far might be a recognition that a single point of collation of all this information is definitely beneficial - and then a commitment to use it and keep the relevant information up-to-date. My vote would be to use the TDWG database cited below, since this has a reasonable critical mass already and also to my mind is a reasonable if not exact fit with the TDWG mandate - also you do not have to be a member of TDWG to contribute to it.

(A quick check and yes, I did remember to register the three main projects I am involved with there, after some prodding - thanks to Lee Belbin!)

Regards - Tony

Tony Rees
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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of David Shorthouse
Sent: Monday, 2 February 2009 12:37 AM
To: Roger Hyam
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Species Pages - where are the online descriptions?

Maybe we need a similarly informative thread on what is a species page.

> Catalogue of Life has a goal of producing a page for every species and
> it aims to do this by combining pre-existing data I believe but I  
> wonder where this data is.

I seem to recall that there is an organization out there that is already trying to do this. Can you point me to a press release, grant proposal or white paper about this?

Here are a few good places to start: http://www.eol.org/content/partners, http://www.tdwg.org/biodiv-projects/projects-database/

David P. Shorthouse
Biodiversity Informatics Group
Marine Biological Laboratory / Encyclopedia of Life


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