[Taxacom] Announcement: New edition of Terms Used in Bionomenclature

David Remsen (GBIF) dremsen at gbif.org
Fri May 28 04:45:16 CDT 2010

I'd like to thank Paul van Rijckevorsel for identifying out a few  
issues in the web application that are artifacts of my processing of  
the manuscript that I will have fixed today.  This relates to the code- 
related terms (Zoological, Botanical) that are linked to  
definitions.   'Available name' for example should not be linked to  
'Botanical' and is not in the source manuscript.

Best, David

On May 28, 2010, at 11:07 AM, Karen Wilson wrote:

> Congratulations to David Hawksworth and GBIF for making this  
> glossary available! It will be a very useful reference for many  
> people.
> Contrary to Paul's experience, I had no trouble downloading the pdf.  
> Maybe it was a hiccup in your system at that particular time, Paul?
> Regards
> Karen Wilson
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> Bionomenclature
> Van: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu namens David Remsen (GBIF)
> Verzonden: do 27-5-2010 15:03
> Dear Taxacomers,
> I'd like to announce the publication of an updated edition of Terms
> Used in Bionomenclature, compiled by Prof. David Hawksworth.   This is
> a glossary of over 2,100 terms used in biological nomenclature - the
> naming of whole organisms of all kinds.   The glossary is available in
> print-ready PDF format as well as via an online web application that  
> can be browsed, searched, and output in HTML, JSON and RDF to support
> re-use and referencing.   GBIF is also producing a limited number of
> paper copies of the glossary which will be available at GBIF-supported
> meetings and events.   The web application supports the development of
> controlled vocabularies using resolvable identifiers for  
> nomenclatural terms.
> More information and links to the PDF and web versions can be found  
> on the glossary home page at
> http://www.gbif.org/communications/resources/print-and-online-resources/bionomenclature/
> The web application is online at http://bionomenclature-glossary.gbif.org/
> I'm happy to field comments on the implementation and pass on  
> comments regarding the content to David Hawksworth.
> Kind regards,
> David Remsen
> (GBIF)
> ***
> Clearly, this represents a very great deal of work!
> A few comments, based on the web application (the PDF does not  
> download at all?):
> The items in the "contents" index in very great part (the greater  
> part?) do not directly lead to the actual entry (for instance  
> "Taxacom" does lead to the relevant entry, but "misapplied name"  
> does not), and the same appears to be the case for the internal  
> links (from within one entry to another entry).
> For many entries there is an indication of the field of  
> nomenclature, with a link, but:
> * these links are non-informative (I am not sure what they actually  
> do:
> something like opening a subset of the glossary?)
> * in some cases these are haphazard (as in "available name" with all  
> the sub-entries purportedly being botanical, and in "homonym" all  
> being
> phytological)
> * the terms themselves are rather inconsistent, with sometimes  
> adjectives (Botanical, Palaeontological, Phytological, Zoological),  
> sometimes the whole thing (Biocode, Phyllocode), and sometimes in  
> between (virus, Cultivated Plants, Prokaryote). In the case of the  
> "Biocode", "Phyllocode" [ sic! ] the preferred form should be  
> BioCode and PhyloCode.
> I am also seeing some inaccuracies in content and some typo's, but I  
> am not sure I want to go into those.
> Best wishes,
> Paul van Rijckevorsel
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