[Taxacom] data quality vs. data security: a survey

David Wagner davidwagner at mac.com
Fri Feb 12 01:34:32 CST 2010

Dear Stephen,

I thought I might tell you that I'm now into a DATEWR mode (delete all  
taxacom emails without reading). This thread has gotten way too  
tedious for me.

What kind of question could I ask that gets us off in a fresh  
direction. How to find foreign housing for frugal students/biologists  
seeking to expand experience in other county's ecosystems? Comparisons  
of software for stacking photomicrograph images? Contemporary methods  
for keeping pests out of personal plant or insect collections with  
minimum poisoning of curators? Good label making protocols for Apple  

I'm really interested in the latter, having let my last PC die a  
peaceful death and kissing good bye to Paradox and WordPerfect, my  
beloved programs for databasing and specimen curation in my most  
recent electronic incarnation.

I'm also keen on advice for selecting an inexpensive digital cam that  
will fit into a standard (23mm?) eyepiece tube of my microscopes and  
connect directly to a LCD projector so students can see what I'm doing  
in real time.

yr friend,


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

davidwagner at mac.com


On Feb 11, 2010, at 10:33 PM, Stephen Thorpe wrote:

> Oh, quoting me out of context, eh? :-)
> I also have feet in both camps, so that wasn't a criticism (on re- 
> reading what I wrote it sounds like one), and still you don't answer  
> my question: how does the existence of EOL (you said 'am VERY  
> excited about what the IT folk (among whom I also dwell) are up to  
> -- including ALA, including EOL') facilitate more species  
> descriptions by Richard Pyle?
> I think I know your basic argument - the less time spent in the  
> library or online hunting down references and things, the more time  
> out and about "in the sunshine" making discoveries ... but I think  
> Wikispecies can help with that, and probably more so than EOL ...
> ________________________________________
> From: Richard Pyle [deepreef at bishopmuseum.org]
> Sent: Friday, 12 February 2010 7:30 p.m.
> To: Stephen Thorpe; 'Bob Mesibov'
> Subject: RE: [Taxacom] data quality vs. data security: a survey
> Hi Stephen,
> Well.... I guess we are both in agreement on at least one point:
>> Richard Pyle and others
>> may have a foot in both camps, but I just don't get his argument
> :-)
> Aloha,
> Rich
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