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

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Sat Feb 13 17:11:58 CST 2010


I have to say I'm having a little bit of difficulty reconciling this

> it doesn't at all 
> imply any sort of subjectivity of opinion. At least one of us 
> is wrong in our ideas about this! 

....with the premise that what we are discussing is "maximum benefit to the

Isn't it somewhat subjective what constitutes a benefit?  Don't all tasks
come with some cost and some benefit, and the relative balance between them
is at least *somewhat* influenced my subjective matters?

> A related issue which I find "very odd" is giving unique 
> identifiers to taxon names, when taxon names are already 
> unique identifers for taxa (and when that does go astray due 
> to homonymy, it is easily fixed by replacement name). 

I WISH I had the time to dissect this ... but I don't, so I won't.  If
nobody else does, I may give it a shot later.

> Though "pointless" is a value judgement relative to one's 
> values (different values may include (1) furtherance of human 
> knowledge, or (2) economic prosperity, in varying 
> proportions). Do you and I have different values, Richard?



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