[Taxacom] Global biodiversity databases

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Thu Aug 9 02:34:50 CDT 2012

From: "Richard Pyle" <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2012 6:57 PM

    [...] I think the key is building infrastructures that
> allow existing databases to become more tightly integrated.

>> 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.

I would say that the key issue is data (/ information) quality.
There is a saying "a chain is only as strong as the weakest
link", and to the end user this may well apply to data linking.
Digging up every error ever made and linking to it, thus
bringing it back into circulation, will confuse the end user
no end.

Data quality and quality of linking are linked issues.


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