[Taxacom] Chameleons, GBIF, and the Red List

Roderic Page Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk
Tue Aug 19 09:27:07 CDT 2014

Readers of TAXACOM may have come across the following paper on the relative merits of GBIF data and expert-curated data:

Hjarding, A., Tolley, K. A., & Burgess, N. D. (2014, July 10). Red List assessments of East African chameleons: a case study of why we need experts. Oryx. Cambridge University Press (CUP). http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0030605313001427

It’s behind a paywall, but there’s been some discussion on iPhylo http://iphylo.blogspot.com/2014/08/seven-percent-of-gbif-data-is-usable.html , and Angelique and her co-authors have written a thoughtful response: http://iphylo.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/guest-post-response-to-discussion-on.html

Feels a little like throwing the lions some red meat :O but I’d be interested in people’s views on whether the kinds of issues the authors experienced with GBIF data are common, and thoughts on how best to tackle them.



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