[Taxacom] Sorry, but you are out-of-line

Robin Leech releech at telusplanet.net
Sun Nov 14 23:10:54 CST 2010

Enough, already.
Can you guys do this off line to one another?
You fill up my inbox unnecessarily quickly.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard Pyle" <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
To: "'Jim Croft'" <jim.croft at gmail.com>; "'Stephen Thorpe'" 
<stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>; <TAXACOM at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2010 9:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Sorry, but you are out-of-line

>> 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
> silos.
> We hope GNA will be a model for the New Way. (perhaps ALA is already a
> model?)
> Rich
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