[Taxacom] Completion of 'The Plant List'

Roderic Page r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
Wed Dec 29 13:26:50 CST 2010

Nice data set, shame about the license. By using a Creative Commons CC  
BY-NC-ND license, Kew and MOBOT have effectively killed the  
possibility of anybody building upon this data (see my blog post http://iphylo.blogspot.com/2010/12/plant-list-nice-data-shame-it-not-open.html 

Why oh why do biodiversity projects seem hell bent on placing  
restrictions what users can do with data? This is incredibly short- 



On 29 Dec 2010, at 14:55, Bob Allkin wrote:

> The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden,  
> announce the completion of The Plant List
> As the 2010 United Nations International Year of Biodiversity comes  
> to a close, the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) and the Royal  
> Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) announce the completion of The Plant  
> List. This landmark international resource is a working list of all  
> land plant species1, fundamental to understanding and documenting  
> plant diversity and effective conservation of plants.
> Completion of The Plant List accomplishes Target 1 of the Global  
> Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), which called for a widely  
> accessible working list of known plant species as a step towards a  
> complete world flora. The Plant List can be accessed by visiting:   www.theplantlist.org 
> <http://www.theplantlist.org>.
> Full press release please see:
> http://www.kew.org/news/plant-list-complete.htm
> Dr. Bob Allkin
> Information Projects Manager
> Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
> Email:  r.allkin at kew.org<mailto:r.allkin at kew.org>
> Tel:    +44 208 332 5717
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Roderic Page
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