[Taxacom] Global biodiversity databases

Dr.B.J.Tindall bti at dsmz.de
Tue Aug 7 12:13:50 CDT 2012


Hi Rich,
Don't forget prokaryote (or virology) efforts, where the question is  
not when, but how long have we been refining. Names4Life is also doing  
some really interesting things today, not x years in the future. You  
know where this is coming from ;-)

Brian

Quoting Richard Pyle <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>:

> Hi 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)?
>
> Yes.
>
>> If so, do
>> you think it is likely to come from an existing initiative, and if so,
> which
>> one(s)?
>
> Too many to mention: GBIF, CoL/ITIS, EoL, WoRMS, ALA, GN*, numerous
> nomenclators (IPNI, Index Fungorum, ZooBank, IRMNG, and many others),
> Wikispecies/Wikipedia, etc., etc.  I don't think it's right to think in
> terms of "a" database.  I think the key is building infrastructures that
> allow existing databases to become more tightly integrated.
>
>> Question 2: Which would you prefer, (A) data verified by "experts"; or (2)
>> data verifiable by the user (via referencing)?
>
> Is there a difference?  I would hope that users who contribute via
> referencing have some level of expertise.  Perhaps you meant whether anyone
> with time/interest/expertise can contribute content  (open model), vs. a
> very small number of people having access to contribute content (closed
> model).  I prefer the former.
>
>> Question 3: What kinds of data do you want to be able to access from a
> GBD?
>
> Code-relevant Nomenclature bits (original publication/authorship,
> typification, homonymy, objective synonymy, etc.), index of "usages" of
> names in literature and elsewhere (including historical and current
> classifications, syonymies, etc.), cross linkage to museum specimens,
> genetic data (GenBank, BOLD, etc.), non-vouchered observations and
> images/video/audio recordings, dynamically generated distribution maps,
> phylogenetic hypotheses, and a suite of tools and services to analyze and
> visualize patterns, trends, etc.
>
>> Question 4: Which existing initiative currently comes closest to what you
>> would ideally like to see?
>
> Almost all of them. What we need to do now is make them all work together
> seamlessly.
>
> Aloha,
> Rich
>
> P.S. I just reat Tony Rees' post, and I agree with everything he wrote. Like
> Tony, I'll cite an online presentation that encapsulates some of my thinking
> on this:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSzL2NwRemU
>
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