[Taxacom] Collecting Samples From Another Database

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Tue Jul 19 16:37:56 CDT 2011

A slightly different problem than those of collecting in situ is the new
practice of harvesting records on databases that have previously been
unpublished in hardcopy for some particular country or locality.

A colleague has asked me not to put a certain specimen of a taxon new to
a certain country into a herbarium in which it is automatically added to
certain database of specimens. This is because a certain other colleague
has harvested specimens for publication from that database. Apparently
the practice of depositing specimens into herbaria (maybe faunal
collections, too) before publication is now problematic, since one's
data is then available publically.

Anyone with personal experience or second-hand knowledge of this? In any
case, this is a caution.


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Richard H. Zander
Missouri Botanical Garden, PO Box 299, St. Louis, MO 63166-0299 USA  
Web sites: http://www.mobot.org/plantscience/resbot/ and
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