[Taxacom] formation of zoological names with Mc, Mac, etc.

Paul Kirk p.kirk at cabi.org
Tue Sep 1 04:37:42 CDT 2009

The apostrophy is a 'reserved character' in SQL and has to be
appropriately coded ... ;-)


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Geoff Read
Sent: 01 September 2009 10:31
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] formation of zoological names with Mc, Mac, etc.

On the Global Names index as is - curiously author names with
contractions in them, such as those M'**** ones which started this
thread, are currently jiggering  the response from the search box.
Apostrophes in a string are evidently not understood/allowed.  M'Intosh
might be archaic but I'm sure there are still present day O'Connor,
O'Shea, etc, taxonomists out there who will be puzzled about that.

After that episode I thought I might check if hyphenated author names
and common accented characters were handled more gracefully - but the
site has stopped responding.

One maybe peripheral use I did find handy was to search for just an
author and epithet in order to get to the basionym combination quickly,
when another database has presented me with only the current
combination, and I need to know the original genus - as I usually do.


>>> On 1/09/2009 at 8:36 a.m., "Richard Pyle" 
>>> <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
> [...] Indeed, the "Global Names Index" (GNI), which is part of the 
> GNA, exists exactly for this purpose -- to reconcile taxonomic 
> databases against each other using clever algorithms and fuzzy 
> matching protocols to reconcile taxonomic datasets.  Check it out at 
> www.globalnames.org.  Still in development, but it's already quite


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