[Taxacom] pro-iBioshphere project Web Site launched

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Wed Nov 7 14:33:01 CST 2012


Actually, there are (at least) four distinct issues related to this thread: 
 
(1) infrastructure
 
(2) content
 
(3) data quality
 
(4) utility (i.e. who is going to use it, and how useful is it to them?)
 
Infrastructure for infrastructure's sake (or perhaps for sake of economics/employment) is not such a good thing, but neither is contents for content's sake (or perhaps ...)
 
Stephen



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From: Roderic Page <r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk>
To: TAXACOM <TAXACOM at MAILMAN.NHM.KU.EDU> 
Sent: Thursday, 8 November 2012 7:29 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] pro-iBioshphere project Web Site launched

This essay 

http://smethur.st/a-late-answer-to-a-question-from-the-digital 

is a thoughtful commentary on digitisation for digitisation's sake that seems germane here. The diagram of the steps digitisation -> contextualisation -> analysis (and the parallel "on the web" ->  "in the web" -> "social objects") bears thinking about, especially in light of the responses to Donat's original email announcing pro-iBiosphere (awful, awful name).

Rod

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