[Taxacom] reproduction of error on the www
Tony.Rees at csiro.au
Tony.Rees at csiro.au
Sun Mar 22 21:35:30 CDT 2009
I don't think that the propagation of errors via the web will be stoppable -
To take an example - in uBio NameBank (which basically looks for all names and author variants it can find and then catalogues them), in an example genus Paraphysomonas with which I was once acquainted, you will find the following (via the link http://www.ubio.org/browser/search.php?search_all=Paraphysomonas):
Paraphysomonas antactica as well as P. antarctica
Paraphysomonas bourellyi as well as P. bourrellyi
Paraphysomonas coryneophora as well as P. corynephora
Paraphysomonas diademifera as well as P. diademinifera
Paraphysomonas faveolata as well as P. flaveolata
Paraphysomonas foraminifera as well as P. formanifera
and so on...
once these start in circulation, there is probably no stopping them I fear. Really the only solution is a master list (uBio or other?) where such errors are identified and reconciled. A few quiet evenings' work should fix it, for all taxa, living and fossil...
Regards - Tony
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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Mike Dallwitz
Sent: Monday, 23 March 2009 1:14 PM
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] reproduction of error on the www
Paul van Rijckevorsel wrote:
> In the database of the "Genera of Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae and
> Swartzieae" there is the typo 'Vittienia'
Thanks for pointing this out. We've now corrected it.
> [It] may be of interest to those who study how errors are
> reproduced across the world wide web. [It] looks to be a unique
> error. A Google-search results in 635 hits
> but browsing through the links this drops to 35
> A Google-search for the correct spelling Uittienia results in 565 hits
> but browsing through the links this drops to 49
There are actually 9 occurrences of the name (in HTML files) on our Web pages:
The Families of Flowering Plants: Description of Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae
Genera of Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae and Swartzieae: Index page
Genera of Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae and Swartzieae: Description of Uittienia
Genera of Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae and Swartzieae: List of Taxa Studied
Genera of Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae and Swartzieae: Classification
Genera of Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae and Swartzieae: versions of the above
in the French version of the data set
These come from 4 sources in our data; of course, these were propagated on
our own computers, not on the Web.
Many of the occurrences on the Web came via the the list of names in
http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesalpinioideae, which evidently came from The
Families of Flowering Plants, not from The Genera of
Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae and Swartzieae, because the former is cited.
There is also a stub http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vittienia containing only
automatically generated information. The error would probably have been
picked up as soon as anyone entered information in this stub (provided they
didn't take the information solely from our Web pages). I've corrected these
Wikipedia pages. Derived pages such as
http://dictionary.sensagent.com/vittienia/pt-pt/ will presumably be
corrected automatically, eventually. The derived page
http://www.melhordawiki.com.br/wiki/Vittienia is already correct, and
is partially correct (its main heading still has the old spelling).
There are quite a few Google hits (out of the 35 or so) representing failed
ITIS Results of Search in every Kingdom for Scientific Name ...
Results of: Search in every Kingdom for Scientific Name containing
'Vittienia'. No Records Found.
Can anyone explain how this happens?
Another hit is a copy of an old version of one of our pages (a practice
deprecated in http://delta-intkey.com/www/data-from-web-publications.htm):
The Families of Flowering Plants - Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae Kunth
... Tessmannia, Tetraberlinia, Tetrapterocarpon, Thylacanthus, Trachylobium,
Umtiza, Vittienia, Vouacapoua, Wagatea, Zenia, Zenkerella, Zuccagnia. ...
Finally, out of left field:
artic: wiki V-011-pt | Progressive Music & Classic Rock portal
(17320) Vittarville (17321) Vitteaux (17322) Vittefleur (17323) Vittersbourg
(17324) Vittetia (17325) Vittienia (17326) Vittoncourt ...
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