[Taxacom] validation of taxon names

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Sun Feb 19 16:56:36 CST 2012

not just this ... I also believe that for many, but not all, working taxonomists, it would be very useful *to them* to have an up-to-date website to consult for reliable information on nomenclature and to check out the latest publications in their own taxonomic group ... I constantly see examples where this would have been a good idea ...
having said that, probably the main reason for the current boom in biodiversity databases is that you can get funding for it, and it keeps people employed. Whether it is actually of any real use to anybody is another question ...

From: "Walker, Ken" <kwalker at museum.vic.gov.au>
To: Bob Mesibov <mesibov at southcom.com.au>; TAXACOM <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> 
Sent: Monday, 20 February 2012 11:37 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] validation of taxon names

Bob wrote:

> In contrast, the day-to-day work of biodiversity science (pests/diseases, flora and fauna surveys, etc etc) is best served by taxonomically limited or geographically limited resources which have been compiled by specialists.

Why then are global social science websites such as Project Noah, iNaturalist, iSpot, Mushroom Observer etc so popular, so well used and provide a vehicle for non-specialists to make a contribution to biodiversity and Biosecurity?

The socialisation of science needs a "Gigantic All-Names All-Species Online Taxonomic Resource (GAAOTR)".


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