[Taxacom] Sherborn Symposium Oct 28th - Anchoring Biodiversity Information: From Sherborn to the 21st century and beyond

iczn-em iczn-em at nhm.ac.uk
Tue Sep 27 08:03:21 CDT 2011

Send your poster registrations now!

Anchoring Biodiversity Information: From Sherborn to the 21st century and
Friday October 28th 2011, Flett Theatre, The Natural History Museum, London,

Overview: Charles Davies Sherborn provided the bibliographic foundation for
current zoological nomenclature with his magnum opus Index Animalium. In the
43 years he spent working on this extraordinary resource, he anchored our
understanding of animal diversity through the published scientific record.
No work has equalled it since and it is still in current, and critical, use.
Until now, Sherborn¹s contribution has been recognised by professional
taxonomists worldwide but he has escaped the celebration of his
accomplishment that is his due. We will hold a symposium in his honour in
the 150th year of his birth here at the NHM, with an international panel of
experts on bibliography and biodiversity bioinformatics, linking a view of
the past with an active debate on the future of the related fields.

Provisional schedule of speakers and registration form can be found at:
Please send your registration to:   meetings at shnh.org.uk

Additional poster contributions are very welcome.

Note, a recent article in the Telegraph and the NHM house journal evolve
begins the celebration of Sherborn in this anniversary year:

Anchoring Biodiversity Information:
>From Sherborn to the 21st century and beyond
Friday October 28th 2011
10:00  Welcome and Logistics / Introduction to the Programme
      Ellinor Michel (ICZN) & Graham Higley (BHL & NHM Libraries)
10:15 Opening Keynote: SHNH Annual Ramsbottom Lecture
      Neal Evenhuis  (Bishop Museum) Sherborn: Work history and impact of
bibliography, dating and zoological informatics
      10:55 Gordon McOuat (Univ of King¹s College, Halifax) Sherborn¹s
context: Cataloguing nature in the late 19th century
11:15 ­ 11:35 Coffee Break - posters & stands
11:35 -12:40 Session 1: History of Taxonomic Literature, Indexing and
Traditional Taxonomic Nomenclature
      11:35 Edward Dickinson (Aves Press) Reinforcing the foundations:
Filling in the bibliographic gaps in the historical legacy
      11:55 F. Christian Thompson (Smithsonian) and Thomas Pape (Copenhagen)
Systema Dipterorum: Sherborn¹s critical influence in getting information
control over a megadiverse group
      12:15 Smithsonian Institution Libraries (Suzanne Pilsk, Martin
Kalfatovic, Joel Richard) Unlocking the Index Animalium: From paper slips to
bytes and bits
      12:35 Nigel Robinson (Zoological Record) Sherborn¹s Index Animalium
integration into ION: access to all
12:55-13:30 Lunch  - Pre-paid sandwich lunch in Flett foyer, posters &
13:30 Session 2: Current Taxonomic Practices
      13:30 Chris Lyal (NHM) Digitising legacy taxonomic literature:
processes, products and using the output
      13:50 Henning Scholz (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin) BHL-Europe: Tools
and Services for Legacy Taxonomic Literature
      14:10 David Remsen (GBIF) Biodiversity Informatics: GBIF¹s role in
linking information through scientific names
      14:30 Daphne Fautin (Univ. Kansas/ICZN) & Miguel Alonso-Zarazaga
(MNCN-CSIC/ICZN) LANs: Lists of Available Names ­ a new generation for
stable taxonomic names in zoology?
14:50-15:10 Coffee Break  - posters & stands
15:10-16:20 Session 3: Future of Biological Nomenclature
      15:10 Chris Freeland (Missouri Botanical Garden) Preserving digitized
taxonomic data: problems and solutions for print, manuscript and specimen
      15:30 Sandra Knapp (NHM/IAPT/ITZN) New workflows for describing and
naming organisms 
      15:50 Lyubomir Penev (Pensoft Publishers) ZooKeys: Streamlining the
registration ­ to ­ publication pipeline
      16:10 Rod Page (Univ. Glasgow) Towards an open taxonomy
16:30-16:50 Break - posters & stands
16:50 Closing Keynote and wrap-up plenary discussion
      Richard Pyle (Bishop Museum, HI, USA) Towards a Global Names
Architecture: The future of indexing scientific names
17:30 ­18:00 Panel and audience discussion on the history and future of
animal names 
18:00-19:30 Drinks reception

Dr Ellinor Michel

Executive Secretary
International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature
Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD
+44 (0)207-942-5653
iczn-em at nhm.ac.uk


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