[Taxacom] New publication on: taxonomy, indicators, and the need to go beyond the rate of species description

Elise Tancoigne Elise.Tancoigne at unige.ch
Mon Feb 5 12:24:16 CST 2018

Dear colleagues,

Together with my co-author Guillaume Ollivier, I am pleased to announce 
the publication of a long-standing critical paper that you contributed 
to*, or were interested in:

Tancoigne, Elise, and Guillaume Ollivier. 2017. “Evaluating the Progress 
and Needs of Taxonomy since the Convention on Biological Diversity: 
Going beyond the Rate of Species Description.” /Australian Systematic 
Botany/ 30 (4):326–36.

/In this paper, we describe and analyze/ /the quantitative evaluations 
of taxonomy published since 1992, the year in which the Convention on 
Biological Diversity (CBD) was adopted./ /We argue that there is a need 
to rethink the way we evaluate taxonomy today, and we discuss why it is 
urgent to move beyond the most frequent indicator find in these 
evaluations: the rate of species description. We suggest the use of a 
new set of indicators that would focus on taxonomic resources and 
dynamics, instead of taxonomic outputs./

The PDF is on the journal's website <https://doi.org/10.1071/SB16017.>, 
or here 

Thanks to all of you for your help in this.

Elise & Guillaume

* I asked for references on Taxacom in March 2, 2011 (a long time ago!)

Post-doctoral research fellow
Université de Genève
ERC Project The Rise of Citizen Sciences

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