[Taxacom] Occurrence data...

Frederick W. Schueler bckcdb at istar.ca
Sat Feb 19 08:45:09 CST 2011

On 2/19/2011 1:39 AM, Bob Mesibov wrote:
> Ken Walker wrote:
> "You should never try to pre-define what the user wants."
> Guarantee of failure, right there.

* but remember the story about when Darwin took the ms of 'The Formation 
of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms' to John Murray, and said 
something like "this has been of interest to me, but I don't know if it 
will be of general interest," and Murray told him something like "I know 
that when an author tells me that, that I've got a best-seller on my hands."

If an individual scholar finds something to be of sufficient interest to 
compile and organize it, then it's likely enough that it will be useful 
to others, and especially in unexpected ways - and if not natural 
selection will ensure that it's ignored. Put up a simple press release 
about giant slugs in one place in Ontario - 
http://www.pinicola.ca/limax.htm - and searchers will find you from 
throughout the province - http://www.doingnaturalhistory.com/?p=37 - and 
tell you about their giant slugs.

How this kind of thing is aggregated is a different matter, of course.

          Frederick W. Schueler & Aleta Karstad
Bishops Mills Natural History Centre - http://pinicola.ca/bmnhc.htm
now in the field on the Thirty Years Later Expedition -
Daily Paintings - http://karstaddailypaintings.blogspot.com/
     RR#2 Bishops Mills, Ontario, Canada K0G 1T0
   on the Smiths Falls Limestone Plain 44* 52'N 75* 42'W
    (613)258-3107 <bckcdb at istar.ca> http://pinicola.ca/

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