[Taxacom] Data query

David Campbell pleuronaia at gmail.com
Tue Jun 25 21:05:24 CDT 2013


I would strongly echo Tony's call for ease of making relatively massive
queries of large data sets.  It's far from obvious, for example, how to get
bibliographic data for all entries for your taxon of interest out of
GenBank.  (Attempting to do so also highlights a large number of "in press"
and "unpublished" that were published years ago.)

Not all online taxonomic resources need this.  But for those where it is
applicable, the ability to selectively download fields of interest is a
desirable flexibility not always present where it could be.  This
especially becomes an issue when downloading of the entire record for every
instance of your taxon creates a file that overwhelms most text-editing
options.

Dr. David Campbell
Assistant Professor, Geology
Department of Natural Sciences
Gardner-Webb University
Boiling Springs NC 28017



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