[Taxacom] Zootaxa papers now in BioStor

David Wagner davidwagner at mac.com
Sat Feb 6 17:22:32 CST 2010


Why are you putting energy into Wikispecies instead of EOL  
(encyclopedia of life) or GBIF (global biodiversity information  
facility) or any of a number of other ambitious, database web sites?

I am confounded by all these global programs which seem to me to be  
overlapping, hugely duplicative efforts. I can't help but think there  
is a lot of resources being wasted here that could be better directed  
towards immediate, concrete conservation needs.

There many sites of a more restricted, regional focus, too. I've  
refused to contribute to most of them, despite numerous invitations,   
because I am wearied by the thought of pounding sand down the wrong  
rat hole.

And, I'm surprised at the expectation of many that I should offer for  
free, without royalties or tight copyright retention, unfunded  
independent work that I should be compensated for.

Your insights?

Is this appropriate for another thread? I'm new to taxacom and maybe  
have missed these kinds of discussions.


David H. Wagner, Ph.D.
Northwest Botanical Institute
P.O. Box 30064
Eugene, OR 97403-1064

davidwagner at mac.com


On Feb 6, 2010, at 2:43 PM, Stephen Thorpe wrote:

>  on Wikispecies I am placing Zootaxa papers

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