[Taxacom] BioNames

Chris Thompson xelaalex at cox.net
Sat Jun 1 07:59:52 CDT 2013

Interesting Rod,

you say that BioNames is a database of ANIMAL (and other ICZN) names ...

So, my first attempt with one of my favorite fly names generate a plant 

Try Cepa Thompson 2007, a small neotropical genus of flower flies. And you 
get as its author Kuntze 1891 and included the species "cunninghamii Lindl." 
which are onion of Alliaceae, etc.

At least Species2000 and IT IS get it right.

And what also interested me was that the EoL link to its type species, Cepa 
alex (Thompson 1999)
http://eol.org/pages/85361/overview was not picked up, etc.

You did better with Eristalis gatesi, but still the EoL link is not there. 
So, for the common users, going directly to EoL is the best generic source 
of overall information.

And then there is Stephen's comment of:
What I don't find is the "honourable thing to do", i.e., link to sites with 
better data than you have got, so the user can actually end up somewhere 
useful ...

So, if you had properly used the data from our Systema Dipterorum from which 
ALL others have taken name information but from various earlier versions, 
you would have got the best and most recent information on this fly, etc.

Oh, well ...


from home

-----Original Message----- 
From: Roderic Page
Sent: Saturday, June 01, 2013 4:30 AM
Subject: [Taxacom] BioNames

Dear All,

I've released "BioNames", a database of animal (and other ICZN) names 
linked, wherever possible, to either a digital identifier for the 
publication that described it, or (even better) the full text (from BioStor 
and other digital archives). I've wrapped this an interface built with Ryan 
Schrenk (whose elegant work was funded by EOL). BioNames combines data from 
ION, BHL, CrossRef, Mendeley, GBIF, NCBI, EOL (yes, a veritable acronym 
soup) to make something I hope people find useful.

The web site is here: http://bionames.org

It's basic (this was built to a deadline) but functional (albeit with the 
usual issues concerning gaps and errors). There's a blog post about it here: 

If you want some quick links into interesting pages, try:

http://bionames.org/taxa/gbif/2432946  (make sure you click on the 
"bibliography tab")









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