[Taxacom] the hurdle for all biodiv informatics initiatives
dyanega at ucr.edu
Wed Feb 17 18:42:51 CST 2010
Stephen Thorpe wrote:
>And I still don't see why we need meaningless identifiers for names
>(which are already identifiers for taxa)?
In *principle*, there should be one-to-many mapping (and, unless I'm
mistaken, the informatics people intend it to work this way) - and,
as such, it WOULD be useful. In Wolfgang's original example, that
would mean all six of the known combinations used historically for
Cyclotrachelus sodalis would have the SAME LSID; that way (for
example), any hyperlinked text version of any of those six names
would link to the same record in any particular taxon registry, even
if different registries used different names (as might well be the
case for a group such as butterflies, where multiple authorities may
differ on generic placement).
This would help non-specialists make sense out of situations where a
single taxon has appeared historically under a variety of names.
If, as in Wolfgang's example, a single taxon with multiple names
(objectively speaking, as in "based unambiguously on the same type
specimen," and not subjective synonymies) is being given multiple
LSIDs on TOP of the multiple names, then - unless I have
misunderstood the purpose of LSIDs - I think something is being done
incorrectly. Seriously so. At first glance, I'd imagine that this
kind of thing (multiplying 6 names into 18 LSIDs, like loaves and
fishes) will only ADD to the confusion, not help resolve it.
Given that ubio seems to have generated the majority of the 18 LSIDs
for C. sodalis, maybe someone like Rod Page can clarify what,
exactly, is happening here - if it is indeed a problem, or if there's
something that is not immediately evident that can make this all make
I'll note that if one goes to the ubio site and enters
"Cyclotrachelus sodalis" it generates only two hits, and one of those
two hits is
Cyclotrachelus (Evarthrus) sodalis (LeConte, 1848)
- this is yet *another* LSID for the same taxon, not among the 18
listed by Wolfgang!
Surely this is not how the system is supposed to work?
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82
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