[Taxacom] Sorry, but you are out-of-line
deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Sun Nov 14 22:38:03 CST 2010
> Google presents itself as a single index, but is fact
> replicated many times across the globe.
Yes, but we don't all have the freedom (or the hardware infrastructure, for
that matter) to download the *entire* Google Index onto our local servers
for linking directly to our local datasets.
> This distributed replication of a shared dataset is somethign
> I would like to see for collaborative projects such as the
> Australia's Virtual Herbarium, the International Plant Name
> Index, the Atlas of Living Australia, perhaps the
> Biodiversity Heritage Library and a bunch of others.
... or the Biodiversity Information community.
> The problems seems to be no-one appears able to rise to the
> challence of doing it. This is largely because the central
> monolith is so much easier to create, if you want standards
> you can just make them up, you don't have to worry about real
> time synchronization, you get a quick, responsive and
> attractive result to strut before your funders and employers
> and you don't have to negotiate too much with stakeholders
> about functionality and other requirement thingies.
Agreed, but at some point the value of shared data (and consequent reduction
of duplication of effort, not to mention integration of a broad set of
external datasets) overwealms the temptation to opt for the easy-option data
We hope GNA will be a model for the New Way. (perhaps ALA is already a
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