[Taxacom] Taxonomist Appreciation Day
Mary.Barkworth at usu.edu
Thu Mar 22 12:34:25 CDT 2018
I for one strongly endorse enabling use of ORCID for current people and said so at various times. My argument is that it would make it easier to reflect the contribution of individuals who dedicate a lot of time to collecting and completing ids etc. The specimens are then used by multiple other people. Extending the approach to the id by fields sounds an excellent idea. To me these seem to have the potential of yielding practical benefits.
From: Taxacom <taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> On Behalf Of Shorthouse, David
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2018 8:01 PM
To: Roderic Page <Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk>
Cc: Taxacom <Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Taxonomist Appreciation Day
I like your approach & I can see how it would help bump up the current number of taxonomists with ORCID accounts quite a bit. Before we embark on this, we best have compelling reasons for doing it. Why should we do this? It's one thing to have a list, quite another to actually make something happen because it exists. There's the socio-political angle (i.e. use it to remark on dwindling numbers of taxonomists & then encourage lobbying for new academic and museum positions), but I'm more in favour of the short term, practical approach such that we can capitalize on the potential for network effects. Give me the ORCID (or other unique identifier) if I give you someone's name (alive or dead) and a namestring for a taxon is the kind of service I'd like to see built. But, such a service would be disappointing until we made other things happen.
I've long been mulling an extension to Darwin Core for occurrence data providers to better share the unequivocal identity of people engaged in or have engaged in identifying, collecting, and describing species.
The existing terms identifiedBy, recordedBy, and indeed scientificNameAuthorship all need to be rethought & parsed for this purpose. It wouldn't take much to develop such an extension. However, the real work in sharing more granular data would fall on museums who haven't got many places to bulk search for people names as expressed on their specimen labels, sensitive to all the abbreviations and cultural variants that that requires, and obtain likely results with unique identifiers like ORCIDs. No sense having a nicely formed extension to Darwin Core if folks haven't got the tools to reconcile people names across all disciplines nor recommendations on how to appropriately store these at their end in their databases. That said, ORCID has been engaged in providing services that capture alternative measures of an individual's and an institution's impact such as the use of facilities. See https://orcid.org/content/user-facilities-and-publications-working-group.
There's room here I suspect for occurrence data to play a role in guiding the discussion. The act of depositing specimens in museums ought to give some credit to both the museum and the people recorded on those specimen labels.
What I need is (a) endorsement by the taxonomic community and their societies that this desirable, (b) endorsement by entities like GBIF that this is desirable (failure to capitalize on #iamataxonomist is discouraging), and (c) somewhere to apply for funding to offset salaries, development costs & hosting service fees to make it happen.
We have day jobs with full-time duties peripherally related to this.
But, I'm convinced that the wider taxonomic and museum communities across all disciplines need this service.
David P. Shorthouse
On Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 5:08 AM, Roderic Page <Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk> wrote:
> Hi David,
> Very cool! I pitched a similar idea to GBIF with a hashtag
> #iamataxonomist but got nowhere. The idea was you could log in with an
> ORCID and discover who was a taxonomist, or whether somebody had
> published with a taxonomist coauthor. I was going to populate it via
> my work on http://bionames.org for animal names, and unreleased work
> on plant and fungal names. For many of these names I have DOIs for the
> publications which are in turn sometimes linked to ORCIDs, so you
> could capture people who don’t necessary identity themselves in
> https:///orcid.org as taxonomists, or whose papers don’t mention “taxonomy”.
> I’m notionally on holiday for the next three weeks, but when I’m back
> I could look at generating a list of ORCIDs from taxonomic papers if
> that would help your project.
> Roderic Page
> Professor of Taxonomy
> Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
> College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences Graham Kerr Building
> University of Glasgow Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
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> On 21 Mar 2018, at 03:16, Shorthouse, David
> <davidpshorthouse at gmail.com>
> All -
> Yesterday was World Taxonomist Appreciation Day so naturally I asked,
> "How many active taxonomists are there"? And secondarily, "Where are
> they & what do they work on?"
> Here's the barebones result: http://taxonomists.shorthouse.net/
> Not there? Get yourself an ORCID at https://orcid.org, add a keyword
> "taxonomist" or "taxonomy" and then link your works. Once a day I poll
> ORCID and fire the titles of your publications through the Global
> Names Recognition and Discovery service, http://gnrd.globalnames.org/
> to glean your taxa of expertise.
> Perhaps by next March 19 we can give this a more professional home,
> have a collective celebration, and use it for something bigger.
> David P. Shorthouse
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