[Taxacom] Have you named a taxon?

Roderic Page Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk
Sat Mar 18 08:58:12 CDT 2017

Hi Andy,

Thanks for the link to the discussion on Wikispecies. It looks like a classic case of trying to reconcile different needs (ease of editing versus ease of data mining) that are seen to be in conflict.

I’m planning to be at WikiCite 2017, which is one reason I’ve been exploring Wikispecies recently.



On 18 Mar 2017, at 13:31, Andy Mabbett <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk<mailto:andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk>> wrote:

On 18 March 2017 at 11:26, Roderic Page <Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk<mailto:Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk>> wrote:

My own interest is in using Wikispecies is the following:

There is no point any of us work on on Wikispecies, or other Wikimedia
projects, if the results are not useful to data consumers like you.

It would be nice to be able to feed the links to BioStor, BHL, and DOIs back
to Wikispecies as well. At the moment the biggest obstacle I face is writing
code to parse all the different ways contributors use to write references
(and reference templates) in Wikispecies.

It would be useful if you, and other data consumers, could outline
your needs on Wikispecies. In this case, I will cite your post there.

But I realise this use case is not
necessarily high on the agenda of Wikispecies contributors.

It is for some of us.

It's also worth bearing in mind the Wikicite initiative:


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