[Taxacom] globalnames?

bti at dsmz.de bti at dsmz.de
Fri Sep 18 02:39:42 CDT 2009


Please forgive me for making the obvious comment from my side. "We"  
here does not apply to prokaryotes (with the exception of  
cyanophytes/cyanobacteria) and viruses.

1) much of the relevant literature is available as pdf files, or in  
the case of viruses via a database
2) misspelling can be checked easily against our authoritative lists
3) done

Credit should be given where credit is due.

Brian
PS my comments are based on the use of the term "globalnames" and "all  
existing taxon names" in this thread.

Quoting Wolfgang Lorenz <faunaplan at googlemail.com>:

> Thanks for plenty of comments on- and off-list!
> Aggregating and interpreting all existing taxon names in order to facilitate
> access to biodiversity knowledge is an immense task. I'm just asking myself,
> is it trying the impossible, so far?
>
> In my opinion, a solid construction should stand on three legs.
> E.g., datasets provided to the GBIF portal can only be interpreted correctly
> when 3 things are given:
> 1) Digitized authentic original data
> 2) Nomenclatural status information, needed to detect misspellings, etc.
> 3) Taxonomic status information, needed for correct name interpretation.
>


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