[Taxacom] WoRMS fixes Kerguelenia ...

Geoffrey Read gread at actrix.gen.nz
Sun Sep 5 17:44:10 CDT 2010


That criticism is ridiculous.

There are 140,948 primary literature sources in WoRMS
http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=sourcelist

For example 446 marine taxa are linked to Linnaeus 1758
http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=sourcedetails&id=8

Not all of them correctly probably, but that's another story. ;-)

Geoff

On Mon, September 6, 2010 9:55 am, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> Well, Geoff, no doubt WoRMS does have a few tricks of its own, but surely
> a HUGE
> advantage of Wikispecies is having links to primary literature (whenever
> available), as opposed to just citing another database as source?? With
> more and
> more literature going online (both new and historical), any database that
> doesn't index and link to that literature is wasting all our time IMO. In
> that
> sense, Wikispecies is more like an electronic library (you could get the
> "books"
> elsewhere, but here they all are classified by taxon relevance) ...
>
> Stephen
>
>
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Geoff Read <gread at actrix.gen.nz>
> To: Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Sent: Sun, 5 September, 2010 8:47:18 PM
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] WoRMS fixes Kerguelenia ...
>
>>>> On 4/09/2010 at 10:59 a.m., Stephen Thorpe  wrote:
>
>> yes, but I was comparing the structure, not the content
>> currently, there is very little on Wikispecies for your group, but
> imagine equal content and ask which would be better then ...
>
> Well WoRMS still obviously. There is much more capability to run logical
> checks to identify possible erroneous records and inconsistencies, and to
> extract precise datasets, and to be queried via various web protocols
> automatically.
>
> I somewhat hesitated to mention all that as I presume Stephen is thinking
> for the direct end user over the net, where there might not be that much
> of a visible difference, but I suspect WoRMS will be less work to keep the
> taxonomy current and even now has a more flexible and precise search
> capacity.  A drag and drop taxonomy tree for editors like in EOL lifedesks
> and in Specify would be a nice feature update, but that very ease of
> change has its dangers.
>
> Geoff






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