[Taxacom] Kickstarter for Taxonomy
agosti at amnh.org
Fri Feb 22 23:05:13 CST 2013
I think, the budget of USD155,000 is ridiculously low, not least because the Natural History Museums support (infrastructure) and the voluntary work. Our community should be able to stem the amount by our many research institutions. In this respect, one can only support Dixon's call for solidarity within our community.
With the rapidly growing impact of the means of electronic communication, registering of names, linking to underlying data and publications, there will be changes to come, and I am sure the ICZN will face them.
In the meantime, we face a budget crisis and we should support our institution in such a moment. I suggest we all make a pledge to balance this year's budget. Plazi as an organization will pledge USD500, hoping that others follow suit.
From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Michael A. Ivie
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2013 7:28 AM
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This would be an excellent argument, absent the fact that the current crisis proves it does not work. It is the equivalent of a grocer complaining about the failure of his business while the windows are dirty, the signage misleading, and nothing is done to counter the rumors that his shop is a drug house. Why are people not appropriately supporting an institution that they need? Could there be a problem with the communication and administration of said institution? Of course not, clearly it is everyone else's fault.
> 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 Â£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 Â£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
> Â£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 Â£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
>> For $100 you get...
>> Never really thought about the financials of how Botany does its
>> stuff. I guess it is from subscriptions to IAPT/Taxon?
>> Jim Croft ~ jim.croft at gmail.com ~ +61-2-62509499 ~
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