[Taxacom] Catalogue of Life, EoL, etc.

Tony.Rees at csiro.au Tony.Rees at csiro.au
Tue Sep 28 20:20:43 CDT 2010

Hi Stephen,

If you understand the data flow you will realise where the error originates, i.e. EoL uses that Cat. of Life for its taxonomic authority file / data backbone, CoL is a compilation of numerous (70+) specialist contributors, so errors in any of the latter will be propagated up the chain unless someone spots them (as you have done) - then the appropriate action is to inform the source database (in this case the BioSystematic Database of World Diptera, http://www.diptera.org/ ) who will no doubt be pleased to be alerted to it so that it can be corrected.

>From their site:

"It is a tremendous undertaking to continuously maintain, update, and refine our Systema Dipterorum.
Most entries are still at a suboptimal quality assurance level, new records are continuously published, and Diptera taxonomy changes as our knowledge grows.
We are strongly dependent on your help, and we are grateful for any piece of information you are able to contribute.
Just pass a note to one of us (Contact Us) if you note errors, omissions, or inconsistencies."

So before you take further issue with CoL and its data product users, alert the originators of the data, and those products will gradually improve. Also I believe that it is unreasonable to expect every large data compilation to be 100.00% correct, most are best efforts by individuals, often working over and above their paid jobs, and the odd error can obviously creep in. You will certainly find errors and inconsistencies in my data compilations too, but hopefully not too many and again, I am happy to be notified of them so they can be fixed when I next have a moment.

(Actually I have fixed a swag of these recently so my next product release will definitely be "cleaner" than before).

There are of course errors in the published literature too, as well as in abstracting services and their products, but again hopefully not too many.


Tony Rees, Hobart

> -----Original Message-----
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> bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Stephen Thorpe
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> Subject: [Taxacom] Catalogue of Life, EoL, etc.
> wondering how CoL and EoL managed to put one species of mosquito into
> family
> Tabanidae (totally unrelated)!!!
> http://www.catalogueoflife.org/annual-
> checklist/2010/details/species/id/6438191/source/tree
> wake up!
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