[Taxacom] WoRMS fixes Kerguelenia ...

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Sep 2 20:57:35 CDT 2010

Yep, got it Geoff ... but don't you think that the Wiki system, with stable URLs 
to every previous version of a page, is better?

So, how should we interpret the "edit history" on a WoRMS genus page like 
Kerguelenia? What does it tell us?

From: Geoffrey Read <gread at actrix.gen.nz>
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Sent: Fri, 3 September, 2010 1:46:13 PM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] WoRMS fixes Kerguelenia ...

Just to expand for Stephen on why displaying full edit history isn't
possible in the case of an online database. The content of the page which
appears on screen with WoRMS output is the result of edits on possibly
hundreds of other records, besides the record that is the main focus of
the page.  Add a new species record and point it to the genus - there will
be no change to the edit history of the genus record. Remove a synonym of
a species - the change has taken place on the synonym record with no edit
change on the species record. Etc, etc.

However, if someone wants to record the state of an output page at the
moment in time when they have seen it, which is an excellent  idea if
they are going to cite it, then it's up to that person to make a
permanent record, say as a pdf.  Which is fairly easy these days.

Try for example http://pdfmyurl.com/

It works for WoRMS pages. You could even make the pdf(s) part of a
supplement to your paper, or include them as figures, or table them in
evidence in court - if the state of play on 3 Sept 2010 on and around
WoRMS record #101616 was that important.


>>> On 3/09/2010 at 11:27 a.m., Stephen Thorpe
<stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz> wrote:
> yes, and this raises a more general point: when citing web pages for
> biodiversity info, it is customary to put something like "date accessed:
> 3  Sep 2010", but given that most websites/online databases don't
> actually make available the edit history, this has very little meaning.


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