[Taxacom] Wikipedia classification

Roderic Page r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
Mon Jul 6 04:37:06 CDT 2009

One issue with Wikipedia (and Wikispecies) is what to include. I  
suspect Wikipedia's intention is to provide a snapshot of one view of  
what we know about various taxa. This will meet most people's needs.

Taxonomists, however, will want information about all names that have  
been applied to that taxon, synonomies, etc. This would create a wiki  
with over 10,000,000 pages (rather larger than all of Wikipedia itself).

I wonder whether the case could be made for a wiki dealing just with  
nomenclature. Wikispecies could have been this, but seems trapped in a  
non mans land between a wiki just of nomenclature and a wiki of  
concepts (but no content).

In other words, let Wikipedia deal with taxonomic concepts, and have a  
separate wiki for names.




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