[Taxacom] Wikidata and Wikispecies

Roderic Page Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk
Tue Oct 27 07:43:27 CDT 2015

Hi Andy,

> On 27 Oct 2015, at 10:26, Andy Mabbett <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk> wrote:
> On 27 October 2015 at 07:52, Roderic Page <Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk> wrote:
>> . In the example you give the taxon name is a simple string, whereas I'd ague it should be
>> an item with its own properties. In the same way that for people Wikidata can first and last
>> names as items, e..g.  https://m.wikidata.org/wiki/Q272518  rather than strings.
> Well, there are "given name item = Charles" and "Surname item =
> Darwin" properties, but the item about the person does not have a
> separate "name item=Charles Darwin" property
> Nonetheless…

Sure, but the point is the name is not a string, it’s an item.

>> I guess I think Wikidata has an opportunity to be genuinely useful to
>> biologists if it spends a little time to sort out how it models taxa and
>> names, otherwise it's an opportunity missed.
> ...I really would urge you to make this point on the Wikidata taxonomy
> project page I linked to earlier.

I was afraid you’d say that ;) 



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