[Taxacom] Biodiversity websites
jim.croft at gmail.com
Mon Jul 6 16:38:07 CDT 2009
yes, that would be a great enhancement. the TDWG twiki could be
configured to enable ratings, reviews and comments, and perhaps even a
hotness index based on the number of times a resource is looked up or
a link is followed.
will petition Lee about it... :)
On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 12:32 AM, Cynthia Parr<parrc at si.edu> wrote:
> It would be cool if the TDWG project database also allowed for ratings and
> reviews. I think that's what Michael is asking for.
> Michael Galperin summarizes the state of molecular databases every year in
> the journal Nucleic Acids Research:
> We discussed doing something like this at an ATOL meeting a couple of years
> ago. It would take a bit of cash to set up. At EOL we've got some
> annotations we've made to the TDWG project database that we'd be happy to
> share. Whoever take this and runs with it would be sure to have a highly
> cited review article every year.
> On Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 10:03 AM, Jim Croft <jim.croft at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 6:27 PM, <michael.heads at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> > There now seem to be hundreds of so-called 'biodiversity' sites that
>> > list names and not much else, and are practically worthless (unless you want
>> > to make another list...). Some have additional information for a few taxa,
>> > sometimes even maps, but often of a very low standard.
>> > There are some truly awful sites out there - I won't name names but I
>> > wish someone would! Has anyone written a review of the most significant
>> > sites, with a few lines giving their strengths and weaknesses - something
>> > like Frodin's invaluable book 'Guide to the standard floras of the world'?
>> > (Tony Rees' 'metasite' is a great step in this direction but doesn't
>> > actually review the sites it lists). Or does everyone just have to figure it
>> > out for themselves? Sites like GBIF and EOL have major flaws and blind spots
>> > as well as strengths, but it takes a while to work out just what they are.
>> > (Of course groups such as the birds of the US are always covered
>> > brilliantly, but that information is easily available anyway).
>> > Michael Heads
>> > Wellington, New Zealand.
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