[Taxacom] CoL and ZooBank - contributing to the CoL

Karen Wilson Karen.Wilson at rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
Thu Jul 8 00:46:02 CDT 2010


The way to contribute a specialist dataset to the Catalogue of Life is straightforward, Bob: just contact the Species 2000 Secretariat at Reading University or ITIS in Washington.

The subsequent procedure is detailed on the website - see http://www.sp2000.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=43&Itemid=75

Regards
Karen Wlson
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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Bob Mesibov
Sent: Thursday, 8 July 2010 2:17 PM
To: TAXACOM
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I now know *one* reason why CoL is so wildly out of date and inaccurate for some arthropod taxa I follow: it doesn't source names from ZooBank:

http://www.catalogueoflife.org/col/info/databases

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 project?

And what happens when source databases (e.g. SysMyr) get orphaned, rapidly get out of date and inaccurate, yet persist as authoritative feed-in's? How do sources get dropped?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