[Taxacom] Success criteria of a collaboration facility?

Phillip S. Boegh 2phillipsmail at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 04:18:55 CST 2011

Dear communicating taxonomists

 > A collaboration facility must offer something new that is unavailable
 > without it, OR offers something old but better (e.g. faster, more
 > comprehensive).

True, the obvious is often forgotten. We are aware of "You can have the 
best (IT) technology in the world, but if you don't have a community who 
wants to use it and who is excited about it, it has no purpose" (Obamas 
campain leader, Mr. Hughes).

Like the paper publications, a collaboration facility needs the "news 
value" and "level of quality" to supplement the offers of the existing 

However, I got a lot of deviating feed-back - in private, though - as 
the replies to the topics*, I mentioned below, tend to be filled with 
concerns. Concerns that the taxonomists are reluctant to send out in 
public. This is examples of why not 'Collaborate In a Community' (CIC):

:-[ Mistrust or lost confidential relations will appear too transparent
:-[ Obvious competition for epochal & new ideas. Honestly, most we do is 
trivial and epochal ideas we get from turning our minor ideas with 
:-[ Frustrated about: How it it hard nowadays to find somebody agree to 
employ a taxonomist
:-[ Feeling that the English has to be perfect to participate

Are these concerns really more important than the benefit you'll gain to 




On 01/30/2011 04:54 PM, David Patterson wrote:
> A collaboration facility must offer something new that is unavailable
> without it, OR offers something old but better (e.g. faster, more
> comprehensive).
> Paddy
> On Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 7:57 AM, Phillip S. Boegh
> <2phillipsmail at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> Dear Taxonomists
>> What is success criteria of a collaboration facility?
>> 1 8-) Does a collaboration facility improve collaboration? This is
>> related to the present email-collaboration.
>> Must collaboration success imply:
>> 2 :-\ $$. Compete for fast money to projects or sustainable funding for
>> the taxonomists?
>> 3 :-* Time-saving? This is related to whether you need “All to be done
>> from this facility”
>> 4 ;-) Inspiration from an open forum - to debate or answer your questions?
>> 5 :-x A closed&  filtered facility?: Do you like the facility by default
>> discern career from non-career taxonomists, plus peer reviewed
>> information from other information? This is related to: Who is an expert
>> and what is appropriate information?
>> 6 :-[ Peer review, Open peer review (Wikipedia) or a Secure platform for
>> database classification?
>> If you go to:
>> you'll find suggestions that elaborate the above points 1-6. However, we
>> are more curious about your expectations :-) !?
>> Best wishes,
>> Phillip
>> ----------------
>> Phillip Bøgh
>> Candidate of Science
>> Research coordinator, EU-project PESI
>> P.S. This has been posted among diptera researchers, who has reminded me
>> about the necessity of public debate of how theory of science and
>> science management are developing. I regret that these researchers do
>> not want to step forward in public, but I thank them for their essential
>> objections, as they lines up the way taxonomic management must change
>> due to the decreased number of experts.
>> Here are some of the first 3 weeks successes: An expert has told us that
>> his taxon is found outside what was known for his species, one has
>> refuted a misunderstanding - a photo was not from an area outside the
>> range of his species, one discussion has lead to a structural change in
>> a systematic site (Systema Dipterorum) that again will gain a change in
>> Fauna Europaea.
>> Finally quite a few members have got a hint to identify their species
>> from their uploaded images.
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