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

Stephen Thorpe s.thorpe at auckland.ac.nz
Sat Feb 13 17:28:25 CST 2010

Not this precise issue, I don't think ... at least nobody seems to have asked the question with the angle "why is this not just giving unique identifiers to unique identifiers, and what's the point in that?". besides, it is essentially the same issue with references and DOIs...

From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Frederick W. Schueler [bckcdb at istar.ca]
Sent: Sunday, 14 February 2010 12:20 p.m.
To: Richard Pyle
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] data quality vs. data security: a survey

Richard Pyle wrote:

>> 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.

* didn't we have this all thrashed out a few months ago in the thread
about "taxon concepts," and the nature of, and how to record, their
association with names?

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