[Taxacom] GBIF: perpetuating probably defunct unpublished names

Jim Croft jim.croft at gmail.com
Sun May 23 09:11:03 CDT 2010

meanwhile, over in twitterspace, David Shorthouse has posted a link to
this contribution:

@dpsSpiders Excellent criticism of EOL: http://bit.ly/ch0JX4

which expands to:



On Sun, May 23, 2010 at 9:57 PM, Bob Mesibov <mesibov at southcom.com.au> wrote:
> David Remsen wrote:
> "What should the practice be for someone who wants to taxonomically validate their collections data prior to publishing their data via GBIF?"
> IMO a major problem is that providers haven't always *wanted* to validate. The aggregators asked for data, and the providers offered it up uncleaned. Not only taxonomically inconsistent, but spatially doubtful. I won't name names, but one provider told me 'The important thing is to get the data up and online, we can worry about cleaning it later. The [aggregator] has time and money to do this, we don't.'
> Ken Walker wrote:
> "I am beginning to wonder whether discrete taxon treatment websites are indeed better than those that attempt to do all."
> How could it be otherwise?
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