[Taxacom] Generic type of large genus belongs in different genus

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Wed Apr 10 12:35:10 CDT 2013

From: "Richard Pyle" <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 7:14 PM
> [...]  one of the things we did was to define a better way to leverage two
> distinct resources:  The Global Names Index (GNI;
> http://gni.globalnames.org/), which contains 17M text-string scientific
> names; and the Global Names Usage Bank (GNUB), which currently contains
> about a half-million Taxon Name Usage instances with cross-links to
> literature (and which is the database behind ZooBank). [...]
> 2) Cross-linking the GNI names services to the 107M+ names already known
> to appear on BHL pages; and
> 3) Cross-linking literature records in BHL (Books, Journals, Articles) to
> corresponding records in GNUB/ZooBank.

I would not dare guess how succesful this will turn out
to be, but this at least is the generally right approach:
using computer capability to handle the reality that is
out there. This, as opposed to the approach of
complaining and trying to make reality fit into the limited
computer capabilities that one happens to have and

Not that Roderic Page is alone in this approach. For
example, I remain amazed that the TDWG is happily
trying to codify a reality more than twenty years out
of date ...


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