[Taxacom] CoL and ZooBank

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Wed Jul 7 23:39:29 CDT 2010

yes, this is the perennial problem of data quality (or lack thereof) in the 

... meanwhile, I'm trying to increase the quality of Wikispecies, for example:
also note the extensive links to historical literature, particularly thanks to 
the very worthwhile efforts of BHL ...
Also note Wikipedia link on left hand side of page (under toolbox) which allows 
you to link directly to Wikipedia and back again ...

From: Bob Mesibov <mesibov at southcom.com.au>
To: TAXACOM <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Thu, 8 July, 2010 4:16:45 PM
Subject: [Taxacom] CoL and ZooBank

I now know *one* reason why CoL is so wildly out of date and inaccurate for some 
arthropod taxa I follow: it doesn't source names from ZooBank:


Why? Any roadmaps in today's great seething mass of projects and acronyms for a 
linking? Or is that being put off pending completion of GNA or some other 

And what happens when source databases (e.g. SysMyr) get orphaned, rapidly get 
out of date and inaccurate, yet persist as authoritative feed-in's? How do 
sources get dropped?

For that matter, how (thought experiment here) would a brand-new, 
specialist-built 'microdatabase' offering an authoritative classification of a 
particular group get noticed, accepted and incorporated into *any* of the many 
linked megaprojects?
Dr Robert Mesibov
Honorary Research Associate
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
Home contact: PO Box 101, Penguin, Tasmania, Australia 7316
03 64371195; 61 3 64371195
Webpage: http://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/?articleID=570


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