[Taxacom] Wikispecies as an open alternative to Catalogue of Life

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Wed Dec 14 15:36:29 CST 2011

you think GBIF, EOL, etc. care about data quality?!

From: Dmitry Mozzherin <dmozzherin at eol.org>
To: Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz> 
Cc: TAXACOM <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> 
Sent: Thursday, 15 December 2011 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Wikispecies as an open alternative to Catalogue of Life

Hi Stephen,

I probably see only small part of "what's in it for me" puzzle. A few
possible incentives I can imagine --

- better quality control which leads to better quality of data at Wikispecies
- new level of acceptance of work done by Wikispecies contributors
- usage of Wikispecies data by sites like GBIF, EOL, etc. which leads
to a better visibility of your work
- more contributors to the Wikispecies project (people who depend on
Wikispecies classification and data will have incentive to fix
problems and add data)

On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 3:27 PM, Stephen Thorpe
<stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz> wrote:
> Great idea, obviously! However, I suspect you will run into a "what's in it
> for me" brick wall ...
> Stephen
> From: Dmitry Mozzherin <dmozzherin at eol.org>
> To: TAXACOM <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> Sent: Thursday, 15 December 2011 6:00 AM
> Subject: [Taxacom] Wikispecies as an open alternative to Catalogue of Life
> I was playing last couple of days with conversion of Wikispecies data
> into DarwinCore archive format. What did strike me that Wikispecies
> format is almost formal enough to compile into a full-fledged
> classification which could be widely used the same way as Catalogue of
> Life does. It uses recursive templates as a basis for classification
> information and if applied consistently it would be possible with a
> little effort to assemble it to a hierarchy. Several people (most
> vocal is probably Rod Page) expressed a desire to have such an open
> system as an alternative to a more closed and guarded Catalogue of
> Life. I see no technical problems for Wikispecies to become one. I is
> possible to write scripts to atomize a subset of Wikispecies data and
> organize it into a classification tree. Such a tree would have a
> publicly editable hierarchy, references, synonyms, vernacular names.
> The scripts could also serve as a quality control for the Wikispecies.
> And eventually most of the pages in the system can become harvestable.
> Would it be nice to make Wikispecies a basis for a community editable
> wiki-based hierarchy of a global scope?
> Dima
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