[Taxacom] HHDB: hemihomonyms
fwelter at gwdg.de
Mon Jan 18 06:29:33 CST 2010
I agree with you that a failure report function alone might not lead
to substantially better metadata. BHL has recently implemented it, so
we can see if it helps. I would appreciate some feedback. (And Heimo
Rainer in Wien, Austria for the botanists).
In the BHL-Europe consortium I have expressed my voice for a solution
that non-librarians (users) would be enabled to correct metadata. As
I said, this was denied. We will prepare a survey in February asking
users for their needs. I can only recommend that anyone who thinks
that users should be enabled to correct metadata, should express that
in that survey.
Corrections of metadata by users bear also some shortcomings.
> In my
> efforts to extract articles from BHL (http://biostor.org/ ) I've
> come across numerous articles on insects that are full of the names
> of host plants.
Sometimes you will even read statements like: "at that locality we
found genus X", and it is unclear whether a plant or an animal was
Thinking twice about it I think that defining works as purely
botanical or zoological could cause more damage that it might help.
In the ICZN Code there is a rule that a name which was not used after
1899 can be suppressed/declared a nomen oblitum (Art. 23.9). This
means that it is important to record every source where such a name
was just mentioned. As you said, a zoological name could be mentioned
in a botanical work. Accompanying fauna in a habitat or so.
> BHL content provides numerous challenges, but the notion that
> devolving key tasks to librarians will help doesn't fill me with
I agree. Again: in February we are going to prepare a detailed user
requirement survey. My recommendation to participate.
(BHL-Europe and AnimalBase)
University of Goettingen, Germany
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