[Taxacom] global names index gni as dead end?

Roderic Page r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
Mon Mar 7 07:00:46 CST 2011


Dear Paul,

Yes, I keep forgetting about that insignificant fraction of  
biodiversity called "fungi" ;) Blame it on being a zoologist by  
training...

Regards

Rod

On 7 Mar 2011, at 12:21, Paul Kirk wrote:

> "What we have failed to provide are tools that link indexes of names  
> to the digitised literature in ways that people can actually use"
>
> a rather sweeping statement Rod ... :-) ...; not the case for  
> mycologist - of the c. 450,000 names in Index Fungorum, 66,813 have  
> direct links to the protologue (where the name was first  
> established / effectively published) and 'we' are adding more every  
> day.
>
> but I agree with you overall sentiment (no links from IF to BHL  
> content yet ...)
>
> Paul
>
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> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] global names index gni as dead end?
>
>
> I think Donat has a point. Most name servers don't provide links to  
> underlying data, or to primary sources, such as the original  
> literature. Global Names Index links to contributing databases,  
> which themselves rarely link to literature. they may cite literature  
> as text strings, but don't provide links that enable the user to go  
> directly to that literature.
>
> We seem to have moved from the first wave of name aggregators, such  
> as uBio, that harvested names and provided basic services, such as  
> "this
> looks like a name", and "these are the names in this block of text".
> These are useful things.
>
> Now we have projects, such as  Global Names Index, that are  
> aggregations of aggregators. This would be fine, if they added value  
> in the process. But, as Donat discovered, it's not yet clear that  
> they do. In practise they add one more layer to getting to what we  
> actually want (information about what the name refers to).
>
> What we have failed to provide are tools that link indexes of names  
> to the digitised literature in ways that people can actually use.  
> This may well be on the roadmap for GNA/GNI/GNUB (insert various G- 
> based acronyms here), but until people see visible progress I  
> suspect most will have a similar reaction to Donat's.
>
> Regards
>
> Rod
>
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