[Taxacom] Google Wave: potential taxonomic tool?

Dr. David Campbell amblema at bama.ua.edu
Tue Jun 2 18:26:54 CDT 2009

> There is the potential here to replace individual
> taxonomists with 24/7 online communities of experts and non-experts
> focused on particular taxonomic tasks. 

While such groups sound valuable, there is the potential problem of 
funding/hiring organizations thinking "there's this online group/key/etc., 
so no need to pay anyone to do it."  Linking experts online does no good 
if there are no experts or if they're all too busy flipping burgers (to 
afford buying more books) to work on the organisms.  

Dr. David Campbell
425 Scientific Collections Building
Department of Biological Sciences
Biodiversity and Systematics
University of Alabama, Box 870345
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0345  USA

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