[Taxacom] globalnames?

dipteryx at freeler.nl dipteryx at freeler.nl
Wed Sep 16 03:31:03 CDT 2009

Van: Tony.Rees at csiro.au [mailto:Tony.Rees at csiro.au]
Verzonden: di 15-9-2009 22:05
>Dear Paul,

>I will anticipate any response from the "real" GNA/GNI developers 
>by pointing out that in their concept, this content (Global Names
>Index) is the "raw" material from which the "cleaned" lists such as 
>you describe can be assembled, so that will certainly happen and be
>much more pleasant to look at (cue David Remsen and Rich Pyle...). 
>In addition, the application of algorithms and later expert review 
>to reconcile spelling errors is happening as we speak - the first 
>large scale trials (18.5 million names) being done yesterday, with
>preliminary - if still slightly imperfect - results appearing on 
>the results page as you click on any name instance...

>Onwards and upwards (or perhaps: forwards in all directions...)

>Regards - Tony

Oh yes, I am very much aware of the difficulties involved. 
Still, I would have expected a project with aims such as

"GNI is a big collection of Scientific Biological Names ...
GNI is meant to collect all Scientific Names created, cited, 
misspelled in one place and then make sense of them"

to at least list scientific names, by scientific name (instead 
of by text string of scientific name plus authorship). There 
are enough problems (see the post by Brian Tindall) without 
adding yet another level of error and confusion?


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