[Taxacom] globalnames?

bti at dsmz.de bti at dsmz.de
Tue Sep 15 04:08:04 CDT 2009


Just to clarify my comment. Searching for "common" as in "common seal"  
or "European" as in "European Robin" simply illustrates that local  
names have appeared, not just the Latin names. The original post  
refers to "Gemeine" = common and "Gruene" = green and the fact that a  
journalist mistook these to be genus names. While one can link the  
scientific name to the local name one also has to be careful because  
"Tobacco mosaic virus A" is a scientific species name.

Brian


Quoting "David Remsen (GBIF)" <dremsen at gbif.org>:

>
> Parser output aside (I suspect the 'epitheton' component is a problem
> with the output XML and inadvertant) blaming globalnames.org for the
> orthography of the names is a bit like shooting the messenger.
> Unless the input has been scrambled,  the names in the index are
> actually tied to specimens, observations, data records and
> publications that are published and indexed via the site.   As Tony
> alluded,  many of these records are published through GBIF's network
> and represent values that curators of specimen and observation
> databases have stored in their systems.  The site provides a very
> simple means to publicise a particular data record tied to a taxon
> name.  This makes it easy to obtain links to that record and gives us
> a chance to evaluate the scope of orthography actually in use.
>
> If this reveals there is a serious mess with something as
> straightforward as correctly recording a name it might give some
> rationale for putting resources into authoritative nomenclatural
> systems like ZooBank and Index Fungorum and building tools for linking
> to them.
>
> David Remsen
>
>
>
> On Sep 15, 2009, at 8:59 AM, <dipteryx at freeler.nl>
> <dipteryx at freeler.nl> wrote:
>
>> Van: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu namens Wolfgang Lorenz
>> Verzonden: zo 13-9-2009 22:47
>>
>>> [...] not
>>> deterred but rather attracted by warnings like "The primary users
>>> of this
>>> site are not people, but other machines, so please don't complain
>>> because
>>> the site is boring".
>>> So, shouldn't we also risk a look? Maybe some more sensations
>>> hiding there?
>>
>> ***
>> There is also the novelty of having a "genus epitheton" for every
>> name.
>> These must be some very strange machines that are doing the
>> reading ...
>>
>> Paul
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