[Taxacom] Occurrence data...

Walker, Ken kwalker at museum.vic.gov.au
Fri Feb 18 20:56:56 CST 2011

On 19/02/2011, at 1:38 PM, "Bob Mesibov" <mesibov at southcom.com.au> wrote:

> Ken, your interest in seeing value in museums and taxonomists and what they do is getting in the way of your understanding the value or otherwise of biodiversity data aggregators. They are 3 different entities doing 3 different jobs.

Maybe so Bob. My interest is in transitioning museum-based science into information-based science. One is inward looking while the other is outward looking.
> Please read the rest of my post(s) to see whether you agree (or not) with my arguments that data aggregation is
> (a) largely unnecessary in a world where the information can simply be put up on the Web, and found with general or purpose-built tools

This always reminds me of fishing. The fish are there but you need the right hook and right bait and right local knowledge and the right tide etc to catch a feed. Apart from the enjoyment of fishing, you would be far better to get your fish at an aggregated fish market.

The web is like the ocean - lots of great stuff but darn hard to find what you want.

> (b) not focused on the needs of the user

You should never try to pre-define what the user wants. It that is your aim then just develop static fact sheets and that's all the user gets.

> (c) unnecessarily demanding on data generators, in asking that data be structured in particular ways

Agreed -XML or CSV should suffice for most needs.


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