[Taxacom] Kickstarter for Taxonomy

Dean Pentcheff pentcheff at gmail.com
Fri Feb 22 18:19:15 CST 2013

For those wondering about the exorbitant amounts spent on ICZN salaries, do
you have any idea how little highly-qualified person-time can be had
for £90,000-odd per year when benefits and ancillary expenses are included?

For those wondering why the website isn't the finely-tuned machine of
perfection that we'd all like it to be, do you have any idea how little web
developer time can be bought for £1000-odd (which appears to be what was
spent in 2012)?

Achieving transparency takes time. Organizing Commission correspondence
takes time. Careful archiving takes time. Prodding commissioners to finish
things in a timely fashion takes time. And for £150,000-odd per year,
there's precious little more that I think we can demand.

Honestly, I'm astounded at what the ICZN gets done for £150,000.

We'd be better served by using our spleen to lobby national or agency
organizations to invest a bit more seriously (well... invest at all!) in
the ICZN, rather than using it on the ICZN itself.

Dean Pentcheff
pentcheff at gmail.com
dpentche at nhm.org

On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 4:39 AM, Jim Croft <jim.croft at gmail.com> wrote:

> For $10 you get... one random weevil, with all six legs, named to family...
> For $100 you get...
> etc...
> http://iphylo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-end-of-names-iczn-in-financial.html
> Never really thought about the financials of how Botany does its
> stuff. I guess it is from subscriptions to IAPT/Taxon?
> jim
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