[Taxacom] Finding your species in Mendeley

Ward Appeltans ward.appeltans at vliz.be
Wed Dec 7 05:38:26 CST 2011

Dear Rod,

Good points, we have extended the WoRMS webservice, and added the elements 'link' and 'fulltext' to the Source output object.

With regards to the mapping interface and colour blindness, there is a option to switch the base layers (to countries for example). Is this OK for you?

Linking taxa to the original source reference (incl DOI/handle links and/or full texts if possible) is a priority in WoRMS, so I'm eager to look at more automated ways (if quality and citation completeness is acceptable).

Best regards

-----Original Message-----
From: Geoffrey Read [mailto:gread at actrix.gen.nz] 
Sent: woensdag 7 december 2011 9:22
To: Roderic Page
Cc: taxacom; Ward Appeltans
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Finding your species in Mendeley

Hi Rod,

Fine.  Tech points Ward's business. I only want to point out that you have
only the bare minimum ION shows you, which is very far from "this record
complete".  You don't seem to have the hierarchy even, just the names, and
no authors. If Thompson Reuters was in the business of creating WoRMS-like
records like that one (not difficult just takes someone a bit of time), we
volunteer database workers could all fold our tents and get back to the
taxonomic coalface (sorry, mixed metaphors there).  Although they wouldn't
be allowing free access, now would they? Perhaps it's good they don't then
(see below). Plus you've matched the doi perfectly to ION's record. Which
is indeed clever.  Of course Thompson Reuters could provide that initially
if they wanted to - but I imagine doing that would adversely affect some
of their middle man services.

I like that ZooKeys is auto loading its new papers into the Species-Id
website. Ideally all taxonomy will be available structured like that, and
auto loadable into WoRMS and there would be little manual work for WoRMS
editors from the new pubs anymore.


On Wed, December 7, 2011 7:43 pm, Roderic Page wrote:
> On 7 Dec 2011, at 01:15, Geoffrey Read wrote:

>> http://www.marinespecies.org/polychaeta/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=590097
> Nice, but can't resist three comments:
> 1. It's great that this record has a DOI, but the same information doesn't
> appear in the metadata for the LSID, which means the only way I could
> extract this information from WoRMS is by screen scraping (yuck)
> 2. iTaxon already has this record complete with DOI
> http://iphylo.org/~rpage/itaxon/?search=Notodasus+harrisae
> 3. When will map makers learn about red-green colour blindness! I can't
> see the red dot indicating the type locality unless I  zoom in and the
> green background momentarily disappears.

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