[Taxacom] globalnames?

dipteryx at freeler.nl dipteryx at freeler.nl
Mon Sep 21 14:01:44 CDT 2009

Van: Dean Pentcheff [mailto:pentcheff at gmail.com]
Verzonden: ma 21-9-2009 20:03
> Can it be made to work, and work well? Yes: and IPNI is a 
> wonderful example of making it work extremely well.

The list already existed before there was an IPNI. The book was
published in 1992: http://www.kew.org/data/authors.html,
and even that was not the original effort.
* * *

> Is using informative parts of data as part of their unique key
> _always_ a good strategy? No, I don't think so. Not even usually.

It looks to me that this basic point was recognized well before 
there were such things as computers, at least for specimens. 
Databases have been kept for a long time on file cards, or in 
an even more 'primitive' form before that.


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