[Taxacom] globalnames?

dipteryx at freeler.nl dipteryx at freeler.nl
Tue Sep 15 08:05:43 CDT 2009

Van: David Remsen (GBIF) [mailto:dremsen at gbif.org]
Verzonden: di 15-9-2009 9:52 

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. [...]  

I see that many of the names are there multiple times (five records
for one name not being anything special, with an instance of over a 
dozen not requiring a great deal of searching). Apparently this is 
because they are filed by text string (name plus authorship). A lot of 
duplication could be avoided by the straightforward policy of filing
by scientific name (leading to a reduction by two thirds or so), with
a further reduction of the chaos possible by correcting spelling errors.  


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