[Taxacom] Mystery taxonomic compilation on the web...
dyanega at ucr.edu
Tue Nov 30 15:49:01 CST 2010
Chris Thompson wrote:
>Yes, that looks like something from Joel, but it illustrate an important
>issue, the lack of attribution.
>This is one of the major problems with the "wiki" concept.
>People plagiarizing information, that is, taking information from somewhere
>else and presenting it without attribution.
That is not something inherent to the "wiki"
concept. In fact, for one rather important
example, it is exactly the opposite of
Wikipedia's rules on attribution; anything that
appears in Wikipedia and is NOT attributed to a
reliable source is subject to immediate removal
by any editor.
Whether anyone chooses *to* remove unsourced
material is a matter of practice, not policy.
That's going to be an issue with any such
resource, and not truly unique to wikis, either
(just recently, for example, on the palynology
listserv someone asked for confirmation of a
"fact" printed in a textbook, and it does not
appear to be confirmable - it is a claim by the
text's authors with no outside corroboration
offered - how is that effectively any different?)
As a further example, just look at the bottom of
the Wikipedia entry for Syrphidae:
1. ^ a b c d e f g "Hover fly". Encyclopædia
Britannica Online. 2009.
2. ^ a b c d "Hoverfly". Hutchinson
Encyclopedia. Helicon Publishing. 2009.
3. ^ a b Aguilera A, Cid A, Regueiro BJ,
Prieto JM, Noya M (September 1999). "Intestinal
myiasis caused by Eristalis tenax". J. Clin.
Microbiol. 37 (9): 3082. PMID 10475752. PMC
4. ^ Dictionary of Ichthyology; Brian W. Coad
and Don E. McAllister at ww.briancoad.com
5. ^ Whish-Wilson PB (2000). "A possible case
of intestinal myiasis due to Eristalis tenax".
Med. J. Aust. 173 (11-12): 652. PMID 11379520.
6. ^ Barkemeyer, Werner. "Syrphidae
(hoverflies)". Biodiversity Explorer. South
Africa: Iziko Museum.
Retrieved 2009-12-11. [dead link]
7. ^ Thompson, F. Christian (1999-08-19).
"Flower Flies". The Diptera Site. United States
Department of Agriculture.
 External links
* Hoverfly - index to scholarly articles
* A web-site about Dutch hoverflies
* All About Hoverflies
* Hoverfly Recording Scheme - UK Dipterists Forum
* Syrphidae species in Europe, with photos, range maps and literature
* Large numbers of Syrphidae photos
* Northwest Europe Hoverflies - archived at The Wayback Machine
* Photographs of World Hoverflies from Japan, in English
* Diptera.info Picture Gallery
* a hover fly, Allograpta obliqua on the UF /
IFAS Featured Creatures Web site
 Species lists
* West Palaearctic including Russia
This does not look to me as if Wikipedia editors
are not giving proper attribution, and there seem
to be quite a number of links to places where one
can do additional fact-checking. I'm curious what
wiki(s) you are thinking of that simply present
data without attribution.
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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