[Taxacom] Global biodiversity databases

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Mon Aug 6 17:31:54 CDT 2012

Dear Taxacomers,
I have created a short questionnaire (below) for which I would appreciate greatly any replies. It concerns global biodiversity databases (GBDs) ("databases" in the broadest possible sense).
Cheers, Stephen
Question 1: Do you expect a comprehensive and reliable GBD to exist in the foreseeable future (or do you think that one or more already exist)? If so, do you think it is likely to come from an existing initiative, and if so, which one(s)?
Question 2: Which would you prefer, (A) data verified by "experts"; or (2) data verifiable by the user (via referencing)?
Question 3: What kinds of data do you want to be able to access from a GBD?
Question 4: Which existing initiative currently comes closest to what you would ideally like to see?

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